More than 700 Native American tribes from throughout the world will perform at the 30th annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, NM, between April 25-27.
Considered the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous culture, thousands of people from throughout the world will travel to the event to celebrate and honor Native American traditions and customs. More than 3,000 Native American singers and dancers, ranging from toddlers to tribe elders, will represent their unique culture by wearing traditional outfits with specific beaded patterns, feathers, jingles, and extravagant head pieces, as they take part in competitive dance and song performances. In addition, members from each tribe will join each other in the Grand Entry ceremony, a healing dance featuring thousands of Native Americans to unite indigenous cultures from throughout the world.
The event will also crown the 2013 Miss Indian World, who will be selected to represent all native and indigenous people and tour the world as a cultural goodwill ambassador. In addition, participants will compete in 32 different styles of dance, 20 bands will play in several in a variety of music genres from contemporary to traditional, and more than 800 Native American artisans and craftsmen will showcase their artwork, jewelry, and custom made crafts throughout the weekend.