Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial - NEW MEXICO - USA

The second postcard that Mik sent me is a truly piece of history, specially because of the small printing in the back: the title is "Indians in ceremonial dress" (only possible back in the 50s, nowadays, the politic correctness would oblige to use the expression 'Native-Americans') and under you can read "Kodak-chrome", that explain the awesome highly saturated colors we can see on the photo (I just love vintage cards). Thank you very much Mik, your cards are amazing. As for the Gallup Ceremonial that take place every August, I confess I didn't knew it, I'm sure it's a wonderful party. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
Indians in Ceremonial Dress - NEW MEXICO - USA
This event is a major inter-tribal celebration held at Red Rock State Park near Gallup, New Mexico. The ceremonial originated in 1922, and now more than 50 tribes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico participate. Average attendance is 30,000. The ceremonial activities include competitive dancing, a barbecue, and all-Indian professional rodeos, in which cowboys compete for silver belt-buckle prizes in such events as calf roping and bronco riding. There are also three evenings of Indian ceremonial dancing, with the Hoop, Deer, Buffalo, and other dances performed by different tribes.

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