A. Paul Ortega is a Native American New Mexico Music performer from Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Ortega became famous in the 1960s, he helped pioneer modern Native American music along with his contemporaries, with his unique western and blues fusion. The sound of his music, with short-narratives against Latin-style Country Music (Western) rhythms, featuring blues-inspired vocalization not generally heard in Native American music. He continued to work as a traditional Medicine Man for the Mescalero Apache, he was a part of the Traditional Cultural Advocacy Program while helped medical doctors and nurses understand traditional Native American medicine. His final live performance, called One Last Time, was held at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Tropes associated with A. Paul Ortega include:
- Cool Old Guy
- Let's Duet: An entire duet album with Joanne Shenandoah .
- Melismatic Vocals
- Walking the Earth: "The Trail Song".