In early August, Gallup, NM will host the 2010 Gallup Indian Inter-tribal Festival. This is a great event. It features a major exposition at NM's Red Rocks state Park and a night time parade down Route 66 in Gallup to open the event. We were there two years ago and posted a photo report on this blog (August, 2008). We plan to attend again this year.
A highlight of the parade is the company of Zuni Olla Maidens. These are Zuni women who march and dance with Zuni pottery ollas on their heads, while marching down Gallup's Route 66 (main street). One wonders how they can do it and not have the pots fallto the ground. But they do.
The Indian Trader, a Gallup newspaper, covers the story of the Olla Maidens in interesting detail along with some fascinating photographs. Since The Indian Trader is not online, you won't see this article, unless you enjoy a subscription. Phone 505-870-2135. But watch this blog in August. We plan to cover it.
And visit our web site at ZuniLink.com for more information and insight into Zuni traditions.