6.Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Mural

The first Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
was held in Gallup on September 22,
1922. Ceremonial was initiated by traders and
the Chamber of Commerce. In the early days
natives came in wagons and camped in the surrounding
hills. Tourists from across the nation
braved the dirt roads to Gallup in their newly
acquired automobiles to see traditional Indian
dances that had seldom been danced for the
The Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
includes a world-class exhibition of the finest
Native American arts and crafts, rodeo,
pow-wow and parades.
The primary focus is on ritual dance, performed
by many tribes. One Native American
dancer says, “To dance is to pray, to pray is to
heal, to heal is to give, to give is to live, to live is
to dance.”
Community members who guided the
development of this mural are George Athens,
Joe Athens, Ann Bahe, McKenzie Bahe, Flo
Barton, Chris and Jennie Lee DiGregorio and
Michael Nunes.

Irving Bahe is a self-taught Dineh artist who
works in variety of mediums. Irving’s paintings
are inspirations from the beauty and power that
is Mother Nature expressing the traditional
values of Native America with his own unique
style of contemporary techniques. His mystically
charged paintings gained recognition when
he became the 2003 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Poster Artist. He has shown at: Primal
Image Gallery, one man show in 2004, Santa
Fe Indian Market in 2005, and at the Heard
Museum Indian Market in 2006.