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100 years of the Gallup Ceremonial

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Landmark celebration features virtual, in-person events

A global pandemic pushed the big celebration back one year, but the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, founded in 1921, will commemorate its 100th show from Aug. 4-14.

This year’s show carries a particularly special aura due to the centennial, which the...

Continuing their wrestling journey together

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Rhys Sellers, George Piestewa signed to wrestle for New Mexico Highlands University

Two of Miyamura High School’s wrestling seniors will continue to be teammates at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., next year.

Rhys Seller and George Piestewa signed their letters of intent to wrestle for the college on July 22.

Piestewa said he was excited to get to continue to have Rhys as a teammate.

“It’s going to be really exciting. We’ve wrestled together since we were seven or eight, and it’s crazy that we’re still going to be partners in the same room,” Piestewa said.

Rhys went 41-0 during last year’s season, and won the state championship for the 120 pounds...

Levitt Amp wraps up with rock ‘n’ roll band

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For the final Levitt Amp concert, a “soulful, funky, rock n’roll” band will be coming to Gallup. Or at least that’s how Taylor Scott describes his band, the Taylor Scott Band.

Scott started playing gigs when he was 14, but he actually picked up a guitar for the first time when he was only 9 years old.

After growing up in Wyoming, Scott joined blues legend Otis Taylor on tour, spending four years touring internationally. But Scott said it was his desire to create his own music and tour under his own name that made him come back to the U.S. and start his own band.

Scott said he’s excited to come to Gallup for the first time.

“I’ve never been to Gallup, I’ve only ever...

D’DAT coming back to Gallup

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Delbert Anderson was in the fourth grade when he discovered his passion for music.

In an interview with the Sun, he said it all started in fourth grade because that’s when he was supposed to pick out an instrument to play in band. The day before the students were supposed to pick their instruments, a jazz combo performed at the school. The trombone player began talking about improvisation, and that struck a chord with Anderson.

“He said ‘music doesn’t come from the sheet music; it comes from inside. I always thought that was really cool that you didn’t have to have music, and he was saying you could play whatever you want,” Anderson said. “There was a sort of freedom...

Rock ‘n’ roll indigenous style

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Navajo, Taos musician makes his way to Gallup

Mozart Gabriel (Navajo and Taos Pueblo) grew up listening to and singing traditional songs. But it’s only been in the past four years that he’s been writing his own music.

Before COVID, Gabriel was attending the BAU Design College of Barcelona, but the pandemic brought him back to New Mexico. While he was in Barcelona, he had the chance to perform his Indigenous rock n’roll for a multicultural crowd.

“They’re two totally different worlds. I think what’s really incredible about being in Barcelona is how international it is; it’s such an international city,” Gabriel said when discussing performing in the Spanish city. “You...

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