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Titans Unite for Native American Heritage Month

Paul Apodaca

Paul Apodaca, associate professor of sociology and American studies at Chapman University

"We Are Still Here" is the theme of Cal State Fullerton's celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Among the November activities is a reception hosted by President Mildred García, featuring keynote speaker Paul Apodaca, a specialist in folklore, mythology and American Indian studies. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Fullerton Marriott.

Currently an associate professor of sociology and American studies at Chapman University, Apodaca previously served as curator of the folk art, American Indian, California and Orange County history collections at Bowers Museum. He also was a founding consultant for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian and part of the team that earned an Academy Award for the documentary "Broken Rainbow."

In addition to the president's reception, the CSUF Inter-Tribal Student Council, M.E.Ch.A. de CSUF, Southern California Indian Center and Sherman Indian High School will host a Thursday, Nov. 9, Native American Heritage Month Festival from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Humanities-Social Sciences Building plaza. The event will feature live cultural performances, crafts, games and Native American fry bread.

Other heritage month activities include:

  • Native/Alaskan/Indigenous Essay Scholarship — Submissions due by noon Thursday, Nov. 2, to the WoMen's and Adult Reentry Center, Room 205 of University Hall

  • Film Screening of "Smoke Signals" — 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Room 104C of McCarthy Hall

  • Film Screenings of "More Than A Word" — 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the WakeMan Seminar Room 205 of University Hall; and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in Room 104C of McCarthy Hall


For more information about CSUF's celebration of Native American Heritage Month, contact Rosalina Camacho at rocamacho@fullerton.edu or 657-278-3238.

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