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World's largest Native American cultural event to take place in Albuquerque April 24-26

Posted: April 9, 2014 - 11:00pm

Albuquerque, N.M. – The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people will begin on April 24 in Albuquerque, N.M. 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, including a fashion show.

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.

The Gathering of Nations will also honor LaDonna Harris, founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, for her lifelong contributions to Native Americans as a national leader, statesmen, social activist, and advocate for tribal America.

The Gathering of Nations opens with the Miss Indian World competition 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 on Friday. The Grand Entry will be repeated Friday evening and on Saturday. The new Miss Indian World will be crowned on Saturday evening, after the Grand Entry. The Gathering of Nations will be held at the University of New Mexico’s University Arena (known as “The Pit”) in Albuquerque.

Fans of the Gathering of Nations can now listen to the event on iHeartRadio, the only 24-hour radio station in North America that offers Native American music of all genres including powwow, rock ‘n’ roll and spoken word. Through the iHeartRadio partnership, Gathering of Nations Internet Radio can be heard on the internet throughout the country and is broadcast over the airwaves in major radio markets.

For more information on the 2014 Gathering of Nations visit www.gatheringofnations.com.

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