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Bosque Redondo Memorial Gourd Dance

Healing the Past For Our Children's Future

at Bosque Redondo Memorial
3647 Billy the Kid Rd
Fort Sumner NM 88119
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Time: 10:00am     Day: Saturday     Doors: 9:30am     Ages: All Ages     Price: FREE
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AMP Concerts is thrilled to kick off the DCA-sponsored NMCprogram of events at State Historic Sites by collaborating with JJ Ahboah and Elle Curly-Jackson to coordinate the Second Annual Gourd Dance at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner.  

Join us beginning at 10 AM for a day featuring respected speakers, traditional foods, and craft vendors from both the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Navajo Nation. After the Gourd Dances, at 8:30 PM, Joe Tohonnie Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers will be performing their fire dance to close the ceremonies.

Gourd Dancing actually originated with the Kiowa Tribe. According to Kiowa Gourd Dance coordinator JJ Ahboah, "in the time when humans could still communicate with animals, a Kiowa man was separated from his tribe. Lost, hungry, and dehydrated, he began to hear singing. Following the singing, he came upon a Red Wolf standing upright. This Red Wolf shared songs and dances with the Kiowa man from sunrise to sunset. When the Kiowa man returned to his tribe, he shared all of the songs and dances with them. This dance began as a warriors dance as well as to promote well-being within the tribe. Now it has evolved into a social dance, because so many other tribes have adopted it."

The Navajo and the Mescalero Apache adopted Gourd Dancing in the mid-20th century. Today, Gourd Dances can be held for many purposes such as: return of veterans, birthdays, or in the case of Fort Sumner Historic Site, to promote healing and strengthening of intertribal relations. Many Navajo and Mescalero Apache Elders are journeying from the Four Corners region and the area surrounding the Sacramento Mountains to be a part of this historic dance, despite what their oral traditions have dictated. For many, the oral traditions passed down from the generations held in captivity at Bosque Redondo Reservation have stated not to go back to Fort Sumner or speak of the atrocities that occurred. However, the current generations understand that the contemporary tragedy occurring is the loss of cultural history with their youth. Through this dance, they are reclaiming that history. We invite you and your families to join us on this momentous occasion. A dance of this magnitude has not been observed in Fort Sumner since the signing of the Treaty of 1868.

Co-M.C.s: Mike Burgess, Comanche, Lawton, OK; Beulah Sunrise, Navajo/Santa Domingo, Albuquerque, NM
Head Gourd Dancer: Simon Simms, Mescalero Apache, Mescalero, NM
Head Lady Gourd Dancer: Lucy Curley, Navajo, Vanderwagon, NM
Head Singers: Hale & Company, Navajo Nation, Pico Rivera, CA
Arena Director: Tyrone Benally, Navajo/Zuni, Breadsprings, NM
Host Gourd Society: Diné Land Gourd Society, Gallup, NM
Raffle Coordinator: Merrick Tate, Navajo Albuquerque, NM
Gourd Dance Coordinators: Elle Curley-Jackson, Navajo & JJ Ahboah, Kiowa/Cheyene, Albuquerque, NM
Special Guests: Joe Tohonnie Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, Whiteriver, AZ

New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2) is a NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) project to build and manage partnerships between DCA institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the impact, effectiveness, attendance, and visitor experience of exhibits and programs of DCA entities. Under the management of AMP Concerts, NMC2 will create programs in collaboration with State Historic Sites, DCA Museums and various cultural organizations with the goal of increasing public programs statewide and promoting New Mexico as a destination for arts and culture.

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