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Native Americans To Meet in Gallup

LAS CRUCES - More than 100 Native American tribes from across the country will take part in the 78th Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial at Red Rock State Park in Gallup Aug. 12-15.

"The Intertribal Ceremonial has been going on every year since 1922, when the first event was held in a vacant lot on the edge of Gallup," said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "It has grown into one of the most impressive gatherings of Native American artists and performers found anywhere."

REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

Activities will include music, storytelling, a rodeo, a marathon, ceremonial dances, traditional arts and crafts and Native American food. There also will be a parade, a barbecue, a queen contest and an indoor/outdoor market.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, with a parade starting in downtown Gallup. All other events will be held at Red Rock State Park.

"Live entertainment and the indoor and outdoor markets will continue during all four days of the event," Cook said.

For more information, contact the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Association at 1-800-233-4528 or visit the World Wide Web site at http://www.cia-g.com/~gitica.