Published August 18, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – Friday August 18, 2017 officially begins the promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations Powwow. This kick off is highlighted with the release of the official Gathering of Nations Powwow Poster. The poster outlines the various events, times and locations, along with hotel and camping information.
The 35th Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and Indigenous people, will take place Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Albuquerque N.M. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition on Thursday evening will take place, once again at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while the powwow on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 will be held on the “Powwow Grounds” at Expo New Mexico/Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque New Mexico. The upgraded amenities at Expo New Mexico have proven to provide a friendly and welcoming environment, with spacious areas like the enchanting and reverent Teepee Village.
New for 2018, on the “Powwow Grounds,” will be the Native American Horse/Regalia and RiderParade on Main Street. The horse parade will be featured both Friday and Saturday afternoon. The Gathering of Nations has chosen to highlight the history and the culture of the horse tribes, according to the event organizers.
Considered the most prominent Native American event in North America, the Gathering of Nations Powwow 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 for prizes, and more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work. In addition, contemporary indigenous music groups will be performing a wide variety of musical genres on Stage 49. 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.
As one of the largest and most prestigious cultural pageants, 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.
“Striving to be a positive cultural and spiritual experience that is exhilarating for everyone, the Gathering of Nations is pleased with the new home for the world’s largest powwow at Expo New Mexico and Tingley Coliseum on the ‘Powwow Grounds.’ This venue, just off the historic Route 66, is ideal to create a more intimate powwow experience in the coliseum while creating an expansive powwow environment that will feature the best in contemporary entertainment performances on Stage 49, the finest in Native American arts and crafts at the Indian Traders Market, and a delicious variety of Native American and Southwest cuisine in the Native Food Court,” said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations. “2017 was the introduction of the Teepee Village, a place to relax and enjoy the sounds and friends. At night, the ‘Powwow Grounds,’ under the lights of color outside Tingley Coliseum, will become a magical and different native experience. For 2018, the Gathering of Nations is featuring the Horse/Regalia and Rider Parade on Main Street, honoring the spirit of the Native American horse culture.”
The Gathering of Nations opens with the Miss Indian World competition on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Downtown Albuquerque. The much anticipated Grand Entry, where thousands of Native American dancers simultaneously enter the coliseum dressed in colorful outfits or traditional regalia to the sounds of hundreds of beating drums, begins at noon on Friday, April 27 at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico. The Grand Entry will be repeated Friday evening at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 12 p.m. (noon) and 6 p.m. The new Miss Indian World will be crowned on Saturday evening, after the Grand Entry.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.