“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gallup in McKinley County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

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Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2021
1. Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Marker
Established September 28, 1922
In August, 2011 Gallup played host to the 90th Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial where, Native Americans from across the United States participate in a massive celebration and display of their culture. The Indoor and Outdoor Marketplace and the Ceremonial Showroom present the country's most complete and varied displays of genuine Indian fine arts, including Navajo rugs, kachinas, jewelry, pottery and basketry. There are socials and rodeos held at Red Rock Park and an evening and day parade along Route 66 in downtown Gallup. The evening parade is magical and somewhat eerie because observers often hear the sounds of the dancers long before the performers can be seen. The dancers wear very colorful outfits while observers are dressed in a kaleidoscope of colors representing every possible shade under the rainbow.

In 1922, Mike Kirk, a local trader with the support of the local Kiwanis Club planned an event that would give the people of Gallup an opportunity to share in Indian culture, their arts and crafts but at the same time show appreciation for the Indian patronage to the Gallup community.
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Annually, neighboring Indian tribes would travel for days over dusty roads by wagon to arrive at (what they considered) a yearly reunion with family and friends. The early year Ceremonials featured campfire dances, baseball games, a fruit scramble, a tug-of-war, a kick the stick race, and relay marathons. Participants included members of the Navajo and Hopi communities as well as the pueblos of Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Jemez, Zuni, and Taos.

While the four day event still retains some elements of the early days when Natives and non-Native people came to town for entertainment and to socialize, today it has grown into more of a tourist attraction. The exhibit halls are a bright combination of trader/dealer booths and artists representing their own work displaying, the best of the art.

The Ceremonial dances personify the proud history and tradition of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. It is truly a special time for participants and spectators alike an opportunity for cultures to come together in the universe of rhythm, motion and artistic expression.
Erected by Federal Highway Administration (America's Byways) and the City of Gallup.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is September 28, 1922.
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2021
2. Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Marker
Marker is on the left. Gallup Amtrak station is in the background.
35° 31.739′ N, 108° 44.45′ W. Marker is in Gallup, New Mexico, in McKinley County. Marker can be reached from New Mexico Route 118 east of South 1st Street. Marker is in a city parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 US Rte 66, Gallup NM 87301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CN Cotton Warehouse (here, next to this marker); Kitchen's Opera House (a few steps from this marker); Historic Buildings (a few steps from this marker); Gallup's Brief History (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street USA (within shouting distance of this marker); Navajo Code Talkers (within shouting distance of this marker); Balloon Rally (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Coal Car (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallup.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   2. submitted on October 21, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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