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Born out of humble beginnings, the Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Albuquerque between April 25 and 27.
Considered the most prominent powwow in North America, it will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world honoring three decades of Native American culture and traditions through dance, music, food and indigenous dress.
The three-day event includes more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing and entertaining a capacity crowd, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work.
In addition, dozens of different indigenous bands will perform various musical genres on Stage 49, and vendors will offer a wide variety of food in the Native America Food Court and Powwow Alley.
As part of the Gathering of Nations, a young Native American woman is crowned Miss Indian World and represents all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.
As one of the largest and most prestigious cultural pageants, Native American and indigenous women representing their different tribes and traditions compete in the areas of tribal knowledge, dancing ability, and personality assessment.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Gathering of Nations, and we are busy planning for what we expect to be the largest and most exciting powwow in the event’s history,” said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations.
“The Gathering of Nations strives to be a positive cultural experience that is exhilarating for everyone.
The powwow features thousands of dancers performing different styles from many regions and tribes, offers the finest in Native American arts and crafts in the Indian Traders Market, a delicious variety of Native American and Southwest cuisine, and the best in contemporary performances in the arena, on Stage 49, and in Powwow Alley.”
The first Gathering of Nations was held in 1983.