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Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Event

Traditional outfits worn by local native americans during cultural event

As one of the most well-known events in the Native American community, The Gathering of Nations brings together Indigenous groups from all over the continent to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event celebrates the rich culture of North America’s Native Americans — their traditions, history, artwork and customs. The event is held at New Mexico State Fair Grounds, in the heart of Indian Country in Albuquerque, where many tribes, including the Navajo, Apache, Pueblo and Zuni, call home. Over the span of three days, those in attendance will be able to participate in a powwow, a traditional gathering that features singing, dancing and drumming. The Gathering of Nations also hosts an Indian Traders Market, showcasing vendors from around the continent and their handmade goods, from traditional pottery and jewelry to contemporary art and clothing. Another highlight of the Gathering of Nations is the Miss Indian World pageant, an event celebrating the talent and beauty of Native American women. Contestants take part in a talent competition, a traditional dress competition and a public speaking competition. The winner is crowned Miss Indian World and becomes a good-will ambassador for Indigenous communities from around the continent. The Gathering of Nations also includes educational and cultural workshops, where visitors can learn about traditional Native American practices, such as beading, drumming and storytelling. The workshops are led by Native American experts and are a great way to learn about the history and culture of the Indigenous people of North America.

2024 Event Information

This year, the annual Gathering of Nations will take place from April 25-27 at Tingley Coliseum at EXPO New Mexico. In between major events, such as the Miss World Indian competition, those in attendance can enjoy sampling traditional food at the food court, shopping at the Indian Traders Market, watching various dance competitions and musical performances and participating in interactive workshops. To learn more about the schedule for the 2024 Gathering of Nations, visit the event’s official website.

Stay at The Querque Hotel

Just a 10-minute drive from where The Gathering of Nations takes place, discover comfort and convenience at The Querque Hotel. From serene guest rooms to thoughtful amenities and service, The Querque Hotel is the perfect homebase in Albuquerque for attending The Gathering of Nations and exploring the area’s rich Native American heritage.