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A Celebration of Culture and Friendship in Gallup

One of the perks of being on the New Mexico Tourism Commission is that it gives me an excuse to travel to different parts of the state for meetings and experience some of the incredible events New Mexico has to offer. Last night I headed to downtown Gallup for the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade. In its 92nd year, the Ceremonial began as a  place for Native Americans to come together to share culture, friendship and family. It has become a major tourist attraction and a hub of celebration of Native culture for all.

Tribes from across the country participate in the parade, powwow and dances. I caught a few of the dancers as they made their way down the street last night. If you have never been, it’s definitely an event to add to your bucket list!

Zuni Olla Maidens get their name from the pots they balance on their heads.

Zuni Olla Maidens get their name from the pots they balance on their heads.

 

Hoop Dancers have their origin in the annual Gallup celebration. In the 1920’s, a group from Taos started the hoop dance and it caught on. Today’s champions work with up to thirty hoops at time!

Hoop Dancers have their origin in the annual Gallup celebration. In the 1920’s, a group from Taos started the hoop dance and it caught on. Today’s champions work with up to thirty hoops at time! Dancers begin learning the hoop dance when they are just toddlers.

 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial

Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Parade

Gallup Inter-tribal parade

3 Responses to “A Celebration of Culture and Friendship in Gallup”

  1. Billie Blair

    Thanks for showing the rich cultural heritage that makes our state such a great place for visitors. How many New Mexicans have taken advantage of this ceremonial? A good reminder, Jenny.

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  2. Larry Ackers

    This is just another example of why New Mexico is my very favorite state of the 40 states that I have traveled. Truly The Land of Enchantment! Congratulations Gallup on the 92nd.

    Larry Ackers
    Lubbock

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    • Jenny Kimball

      Only 10 more states to go to see all of them! I am impressed. Hope New Mexico is still your favorite after you have travelled to all 50.

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