The Mexicans have influenced the Gallup Region in many ways including transportation, mining, and craft. In 1880, David L. Gallup, paymaster for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad established headquarters along the projected right of way for the southern transcontinental route. Mexicans, along with Europeans and Asians came to Gallup to assist in building the railroad. Many of these workers stayed on to mine coal. For the first half of the twentieth century, the coal mining in the region largely supported the economy of emerging Gallup.
Another great influence of the Mexican residents of the Gallup area has been their silversmith abilities and styles. John Lorenzo Hubbell constantly promoted excellence in crafts-manship and design. He encouraged his partner C.N. Cotton to bring Mexican silversmiths to the Gallup area to teach the craft to the men of the area. Before this action, the demand for silverwork, especially Navajo silverwork was insignificant.
Don Diegos (505) 722-5517
Marias (505) 722-6135
Panz Alegra (505) 722-7229
Jerrys Café (505) 722-6557
Virgies Restaurant (505) 863--5152
Links to the current or traditional region that is connected to this heritage group
Mexico The Country
History of Mexicans in America
Mexicans in America and the Railroad
Influence of Mexican Craft in Silversmithing in America
Lesson Plan: Mexican Culture in Gallup, NM
Technology Used Task
Multi Media CD-ROM Student will learn beginning Spanish through the use of Multimedia Software. Spanish for beginners software can be found at http://www.logoi.com/spanish.html
Power Point Students will create a power point presentation on a Gallup resident who identifies with Mexican culture. Students can search for a person through the Internet site www.spanish.meetup.com . Students will be expected to create six slides that focus on: Mexican food, history, language, schools, and art
People and places to contact - Student will call Gallup Historical Society for information on Mexican people throughout Gallup History. Phone: 505-863-1363
- Students will contact Museum of New Mexico History Library for Mexican History in New Mexico. 505-827-6470.
- Students will interview a Spanish Speaking Gallup of Mexican decent resident about their culture and experience in Gallup. They will use www.spanish.meetup.com to find Spanish Speaking people in Gallup.
Powerpoint Demographic breakdown of Gallup population by race with accompanying images related to each culture
( http://gallup.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm )
Excel Use computer to generate graph of population breakdown from table used in Powerpoint lesson
PART B: RESOURCE LINKS FOR MEXICAN CULTURE
Festivals and Holidays http://mexicanfood.about.com/