On to Gallup
Trip Start Nov 17, 2006
7Trip End Nov 25, 2006
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It seems as if the Indians have figured out how to extract dollars from the American public, with various events and of course, the casino. The casino, managed by Radisson, didn't fare well by us, as we only visited it for restroom facilities.
The pow-wow was magnificent! Dressed in the native costume, Indians came from all over the States
There were perhaps a dozen different groups of drummers...all males, sitting in circles as they drummed and sang their native song.
After a wonderful detour that lasted all morning, we continued our journey to the northeast to Gallup. Gallup, New Mexico is a railroad town full of pawn shops and trading posts, where Indians have traded their crafts for years. It was probably good that we arrived late in the day, as we only had a couple hours before the shops closed. We stayed at the El Rancho Hotel, a turn of the century hotel that claims to have had many 1940 and 60's movie stars stay there...from Lucille Ball to Kirk Douglas. The lobby alone was a treasure chest of unusual and unique memorialbilia. But of course, looking at old pawned items was interesting and quite educational...however costly!
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