Powwows are times of celebration for Native People and over the last thirty-six years, the Gathering of Nations has grown to be one of the most recognized of these events. Held in Albuquerque over a three-day period in April, the Gathering of Nations draws dancers, vendors, and visitors from all over the world. Everyone who comes enjoys the opportunity to share in the best of Native culture, from dances and singing to food, arts and crafts, and the Miss Indian World pageant. It’s an experience designed with the hope that “it continues in your heart and mind” long after you’ve left the gathering spaces.
The event begins with the grand entry song and the Horse and Rider Regalia Parade, showcasing each participant’s skill and traditional attire. Visitors can view and purchase arts and crafts from the Indian Traders Market. The market exhibits the work of over 800 Native artists and traders from all over the world.
The Miss Indian World pageant highlights competitions in dance, public speaking, and talent. Each area is designed to showcase the culture and traditions of Native women. Another program offered this year is the Tag Your Tot program. Little ones attending the event will be offered a special wristband that connects them to their parents’ contact information.
There are a few things to keep in mind when attending an event this large. Audio recording on the dance floor or around the drumming is prohibited. Photography for personal use is allowed, but commercial photographers must register as media with event coordinators in advance. Children two years old and up require a ticket for the events. Strollers are not permitted inside Tingley Coliseum. Stroller parking will be available elsewhere.
The 2019 Gathering of Nations will be held April 25th through the 27th at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. For more information on experiencing this incredible cultural event, visit the website at https://www.gatheringofnations.com/.