Peterson: Hall of fame needed for Navajo rodeos

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

 WINDOW ROCK, April 17, 2014

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TOP: Art Peterson of Prewitt, N.M. rides Elkin Brothers’ ‘Double Trouble’ at the Coal Mine Mesa Rodeo in 1967.

MIDDLE: The late Tony Nez of Lukachukai, Ariz., rides his bull at a rodeo in Whiteriver, Ariz. in this undated photo.

BOTTOM: J.C. Badonie of Tohatchi, N.M. spurs Buster Webbs’ ‘Leather Britches’ at the Northern Navajo Fair in 1977. (Courtesy photos – Navajo Rodeo Historical Society)

There will come a point in time when the future generations of Indian rodeo will get to experience the sport's historical beginning in an exhibit here on the Navajo Reservation.

The proposed "hall of fame" is being spearheaded by Ken Peterson, one of the founding members of the Navajo Rodeo Historical Society.

"The main purpose of the organization is to help preserve the history and background of Navajo Indian rodeo," Peterson said. "It's basically the rodeos that took place on the Navajo Reservation going back to the 1950s and so on."

Like most rodeo historical societies, Peterson said the intent of the group is to help "educate the general public on the impact rodeo has on the lives of the Native people."

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