98th Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial – Gallup, NM

August 2 – 11, 2019 – event times and locations vary


A juried art show where authenticity is placed high on the list of criteria for the pieces that are sold and the place to go see authentic Native American Art.  You will find arts and crafts vendors in a courtyard but where you will find the best treasures is inside the exhibition hall. You’ll see jewelry, rugs, paintings, and more. If you are quick, you may purchase an award winning piece of art.
The Tribes involved in the night performance of 2019 Include the Aztec, Pine Mountain Apache, Diamond Creek Apache, Southern Cheyenne, Chickasaw, Comanche, Hopi, Navajo Fire Lighters, Navajo Pollen Trail, Ohkay Owinge (San Juan Pueblo), Pima, Sioux, Taos Pueblo, Totonac Voladores, the Cellicion Dancers of the Zuni Pueblo, the Kallestewa of the Zuni Pueblo, the Olla Maidens of the Zuni Pueblo, as well as solos by the Maricopa, Omaha and Northern Cheyenne.
This year’s contest pow wow features tiny tots, juniors, teens, adult and golden age categories, in traditional dance styles as well as contemporary dance styles- such as the ladies fancy shawl and men’s fancy feather dance. There will be a singing competition in 3 distinct different styles of singing, which are the southern plains, northern plains and hand drumming.

The pow wow grand entry showcases all styles and ages as every dancer comes into the arena in a parade like fashion, it is a beautiful sight to behold with colorful regalia from many different tribes are proudly displayed. The pow wow announcer will describe and explain the dances, regalia and styles of singing and songs.

“Being the Ambassador for the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial is a lifetime memory, Native American Indigenous females, ages 18-25 compete for this prestigious title every year.  Areas of competition include public speaking, essay competition, private interviews, traditional and contemporary talent.”
The Tiny Tot features 5-6 year old native residents of the area showcasing their talents, charm, and smarts. Children, the child must be a member of Native American tribe and submit a Certificate of Indian Blood and a birth certificate with the application.
Our legendary rodeo dates back to the early day of Ceremonial. Rodeo is a deep-rooted part of Native American Culture displaying the grit and horsemanship skills many tribes are known for. Today our rodeo is open to the world featuring eight standard events of Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway, Saddle Bronc, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding. As we looked back at the beginnings of the Gallup Ceremonial we have re added some of old favorite events that were enjoyed decades ago such as Wild Horse Race, Hide Race, Pony Express Race, Ladies Steer Riding, Wooly Riding,  Frybread Pan Throwing And Chuck Wagon Racing
The Kiowa Gourd Dance features prominent members of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma to talk about this prestigious men’s dance and their songs. The Kiowa’s have a long and proud legacy and their Gourd Dance songs are sung throughout north America and is popular in the southwest. This gives us the opportunity to hear directly from Kiowa tribal members and singers to share meanings, history and display the significance of their dance regalia and proper protocol to this dance.
The Best Dressed Grandpa and Grandma contest takes place halfway through the Tiny Tot pageant. Best Dressed Grandmas and Grandpas must be a member of a Native American tribe and Submit a certificate of Indian Blood with their application.
From jewelry, to pottery, paintings, and food. We are always accepting  vendors. Spots available in the pow-wow arena, horseshoe, under the big  white tent, midway alley, and even our main concession in the rodeo  arena. Please call (505) 863-3896 for more information.
Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade has been called a one of a kind and a must see event while in Gallup
The Ceremonial 5K Fun Run/Walk is designed to introduce healthy habits to people of all ages. It’s all part of an effort to get people moving as the nation faces health crisis like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Artist Awards Presentation, Friday, August 10, 7:30 pm Red Rock Park Arena. Building up to the Centennial Year, Ceremonial is increasing the award amounts given to the uniquely talented Native American Artists showcasing their work.  Awarding over $40,000 in prize money, the artist check presentation ceremony presents awards to the top winning artists of the 97th Annual Juried Art Show
Song and Dance is a social event that evolved from a Navajo healing ceremony in which dancers move in a clockwise rotation following the rhythm produced by the members of a drum group who sing in Navajo.
Native Film Series 2018 will be showing award-winning films for this year’s kickoff weekend of the 97th Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial at the Historic El Morro Theatre in downtown Gallup NM. Event Dates: August 3rd – 5th  2018. Schedule Available online. All films are educational, thought provoking authentic content. Native Film Series “providing a stage for filmmakers to tell their stories” Contact: Lisa Rodriguez 505.870.1124
Opening Night/Wine Tasting
An outdoor event, surrounded by the beauty of the red rocks, the opening night is a casual, cocktail party style wine tasting, in a relaxed atmosphere that is all about fun. While sipping on an exciting glass of wine, you will have a chance to visit the exhibit hall where the finest Native American art pieces will be on display, or you can  just merely enjoy the hors’duerves while listening to music from a live band.

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