Sunday, August 10, 2008

Intertribal Ceremonial Parade - 2008

Greetings from New Mexico.

Saturday, August 9, was the parade for the 87th Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial in downtown Gallup, New Mexico. I was there with my trusty digital camera as part of our annual visit to New Mexico. We come here to find new examples of Native American art for our websites at, and

Here are scenes from the parade:

Native Americans are fiercely patriotic and active participants in US Armed Forces. They are represented here by a color guard. And, of course, every parade has its Queens, Princesses and Miss's. The beautiful young lady shown below is slated for greatness. When she saw my camera in the crowd, she stopped to make sure I got a good shotNavajo people and all Native Americans are justly proud of the Navajo Code Talkers and their contribution to Allied Victory in the World War II.
The Navajo Nation Band makes an appearance.

A parade in Gallup and especially among Native Americans is very much of a "family affair". This young princess leaves the procession to greet members of the crowd. One of the things that strikes me, as an observer of Indian culture, is how extensively they relate to to each other as "family." It is value system we all could emulate. Many Native dance groups were included.

Deer dancers.
This group of Navajos presented a precision drill with Navajo blankets, moving them from folded over the shoulder to opened in front as they interwove with each other on the march.
The Zuni Pueblo band also marched and played.

Princesses come in all sizes.

Zuni deer dancers performed.

Wisely, the horses were left for last, bringing up the rear, so to speak.
We hope you enjoyed the parade. We loved it.

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