Whether you’re of Native American descent or just have respect and admiration for the culture, you can’t miss this year’s Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Now in its 31st year, the Gathering of Nations is an event in which Native Americans and those who love the culture come together to celebrate, dance and sing. Book your hotel to partake part of one of Albuquerque’s most time-honored events.
When you attend the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, you already know you’ll be experiencing beautiful tribal dances and singing. At this year’s festivals, head dancers Eric Bird, Yanabah Red House, Dale Gadwa, Jr. and Cherylyn Satepauhoodle will be headlining. Throughout the weekend, the festival will also host many other contests with cash prizes, many of which exceed $1,000 for first place. In addition to dancing, you and your family will be able to see beautiful displays of traditional and contemporary Native American art throughout the weekend.
Date: April 24 to 26, 2014
Place: The Pit – 1414 Bradbury Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Cost: One-day admission: $17; Two-day pass: $34
Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations
Although the Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations aren’t hosted at The Pit with the rest of the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow events, they are still a tradition that’s very much a part of the festival. Here, indigenous women ages 18 to 25 from across North America will represent their tribes in a pageant. They’ll perform a traditional talent presentation, speak in front of the public and in private interviews with the Miss Indian World judges, and perform a dance to Pow Wow music. The winner will receive prize money and a four-day cruise. This fun, exciting celebration of heritage will leave you and your family in awe!
Time: Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; Showtime starts at 7 p.m.
Date: April 24, 2014
Place: Albuquerque Convention Center – 401 Second St. NW; Albuquerque, NM 87102
Planning Your Day
This festival brings in travelers from across the state, country and world, so be prepared for some serious fun and to make some new friends! Because you’ll have so many activities from which to choose, you may want to make an itinerary for the day. Consider which dance competitions and art exhibits you want to attend, and plan accordingly.
As you consider your lodging for the weekend, you’ll want to book an Albuquerque hotel that’s a close drive to the grounds, but one that won’t be too crowded and chaotic from the influx of people visiting. A hotel that’s about 10 or 15 minutes away, like Barcelona Suites, will give you the convenience and the comfort you need to celebrate the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow to the fullest!