A Native American twist to Route 66
May 26, 1997
Web posted at: 12:04 p.m. EDT (0004 GMT)
(CNN) -- Kicks are not all you get on Route 66 this summer. Twirling, chanting, drumming and stomping enter the mix on the highway's stretch through Gallup, New Mexico.
Starting Monday, the town is presenting its program "Traditional Indian Dances." For an hour every night through Labor Day, Native American dancers from the Navajo, Apache, Laguna, and Acoma tribes will perform at an outdoor theater at the Santa Fe Depot.
"All of them are social dances -- the 'buffalo dance,' the 'deer dance,' ... the 'red tail hawk dance,'" says Charles Marquez, an organizer. "Most of the dances represent an animal that became sacred. ... Primarily, they are dances of appreciation."
Visitors can also sample Native American foods such as fry bread (a fried dough eaten with salt, sugar and honey), Zuni meat pies and Navajo tacos. Native American artists also sell jewelry and other gift items.
The outdoor event is free, and attendance is unlimited.
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