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The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people will begin April 24 in Albuquerque.
The 31st Annual Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in the North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.
The three-day event will include more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work.
In addition, 27 contemporary indigenous bands will be performing a wide variety of musical genres on Stage 49 including a fashion show and DJ glow dance event.
Vendors in the Native Food Court will offer guests a large selection of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare.
As part of the Gathering of Nations, a young Native American woman will be crowned Miss Indian World and represent all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador.
Native American and indigenous women will represent their different tribes and traditions. The contestants will compete in the areas of tribal knowledge through interviews, essays, public speaking and traditional presentation and dance.
“The Gathering of Nations is the world’s largest powwow bringing people from throughout the United States and the world to the event each year,” said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations.
The Gathering of Nations will also honor LaDonna Harris, founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity and adoptive Comanche mother of actor Johnny Depp, for her lifelong contributions to Native Americans as a national leader, statesmen, social activist and advocate for tribal America. The ceremony will take place during the Gourd Dance, 4 p.m. on April 26. The Gathering of Nations opens with the Miss Indian World competition, 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The “Grand Entry,” where thousands of Native American dancers simultaneously enter the arena dressed in colorful outfits to the sounds of hundreds of beating drums, begins at noon April 25.
The Grand Entry will be repeated Friday evening at 7 p.m. and noon Saturday, and 6 p.m. The new Miss Indian World will be crowned on Saturday evening, after the Grand Entry. The Gathering of Nations will be at the University of New Mexico’s University Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque.
General admission tickets cost $17 per day, or $34 for a two-day pass. VIP Club Level tickets are available for $50. Tickets are available online or guests can purchase them at the door during the event.
For more information visit gatheringofnations.com.