Ceremonial opening is Gallup true

Ceremonial opening is Gallup true


There were as many reasons to attend the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial’s opening night Wednesday as there were attendees, which is to say a couple hundred.

Julian Chavez, a silversmith, was biding his time in the plaza at Red Rock Park with some wine and hors d’oeuvres before wandering into the gallery to see if he won anything this year, while his pretty wife Samantha was enjoying showing off the pieces her husband had made just for her.

Retired geologist Brad Nesemeier was loving sitting in the midst of all that gorgeous Entrada Sandstone on a perfect summer’s evening, while his friend Mike Foley was savoring a glass of wine and looking forward to going inside to peruse the art.

For Chrisalda Hernandez, who works for the Ceremonial, it was a welcome chance to sit back and enjoy the fruits of her labor after “two crazy weeks” of preparation.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.