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What You Need to Know About Attending Inter-Tribal:
If you want to experience crowds, marketing hype, highly polished acts and boutique type shopping, skip Gallup.
Gallup’s Ceremonial is for those who are respectful of and open to learning about Native American cultures. Ceremonial is not necessarily for tourists although the event attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a gathering for the peoples of the Southwest… the Navaho, Zuni, Hopi and their guests from other tribes. Much of the pageantry comes with great history and tradition. Attend Inter-tribal with a desire to learn and you will come away enriched.
For a first time attendee, there are some things to figure out.
- Get the Scoop - When you get to Gallup, go to the Chamber of Commerce or one of the main trading posts and pick up an Inter-tribal Ceremonial publication with schedule, map and articles. And, remember that if you see an event in black and white, it may be subject to change. Timing is flexible and you should be too.
- Bring Money - In addition to the parking and entry fees, note that Rodeo events are extra. There are great food vendors. Try the Navajo Tacos and Zuni fresh baked bread. And, there is great shopping! You can visit the vendors outside the exhibit hall and shop for award winning art inside. So bring money. Credit Cards are not necessarily accepted. Your purchases will support Native American arts and crafts.
- Mix and Mingle - There are opportunities to quietly mingle with the Native Americans who know so much about their own cultures and about Inter-Tribal. Take time to talk with the vendors and artists about their work. Attend an event that you would enjoy at home. I signed up for the 5K run event and found myself enjoying a crisp morning walking (I am not a runner) down a beautiful country road with red rocks all around me. Along the way and after the event, I sat with Navaho and Hopi women who were very welcoming and talked with me about their relatives who were doing the half marathon and about their lives. And at the Pow Wow competition, learn from those around you.