GALLUP, NM – The Intertribal Ceremonial Office (ICO), Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Association, Inc. (GITICA), and the City of Gallup announce the dates for the 100th anniversary of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial will be August 4th - 14th, 2022.
One of New Mexico’s longest running events, the Ceremonial Centennial Celebration will be a mixture of in-person and virtual events. Scheduled events include: One World Beat (the theme of the event) – Native American & Indigenous Tribal Processions & Performance Showcases, Rodeo Events, Ceremonial Queen and Princess Pageants, Juried Art Show & Contest, Virtual Artisans Market, 5k Run/Walk, Parades, Powwow, Navajo Song & Dance, Film Screenings and more. “The Ceremonial” is hosted annually at Red Rock Park near Gallup, NM. Various citywide events are also being planned.
Founded in 1922 and considered a New Mexico destination experience, the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial is one of the oldest continuous recognitions of Native American culture and heritage and known for attracting an international audience. As it reaches its 100th anniversary, the event continues to evolve while enshrining the earliest ideas of creating opportunities by spotlighting Native American authenticity. This centennial milestone is a cumulation of tributes to the generational event caretakers and the ancestral and present day Native American tribal participants.
“We’re excited to work with our partners and tribal communities to give the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial the 100th year celebration it deserves,” ICO Executive Director Melissa Sanchez said. “This collaborative production is the momentous opportunity to showcase one of New Mexico’s signature cultural events to a global audience while we recognize and celebrate the rich diverse cultures, history, contributions, culture and heritage of Native & Indigenous peoples.”
“We are excited for the potential partnership with the Intertribal Ceremonial Office,” GITICA President Kyle Tom said. “We all want the best Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial ever, and we look forward to honoring its rich history while celebrating its centennial.”
This is going to be the biggest, best year that we have seen for The Ceremonial,” City of Gallup Mayor Louie Bonaguidi said. “Through all of our joint efforts, including Melissa’s event experience and far-reaching tribal network throughout the United States, Dudley Byerly’s and Kyle Tom’s event and professional rodeo experience, I look forward to and am excited for the Centennial Ceremonial Celebration.”
Information about the event will be published at www.GallupIntertribalCeremonial.com including this e-newsletter sign up, schedule, performances, calls for pageant contestants, artists, volunteers, ticket on-sale dates, travel information, health and safety guidelines. The public is encouraged to follow Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for updates on the event in 2022 and beyond.