Published August 17, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE — Saturday August 18, 2018 officially begins the promotional campaign for the 2019 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.
This kick off is highlighted with the release of the official Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Poster. The poster outlines the various events, times and locations, along with hotel and camping information. The 36th Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and Indigenous people, will take place Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Considered the most prominent Native American event in the North America, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow 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. Please note, the Indian Traders Market will be enhanced along with new facilities and expanded food offerings. The expansion will include local area food trucks, thus increasing the many varieties of tasty and healthy foods available.
The Miss Indian World Talent Competition on Thursday evening will take place, once again at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while the Powwow on Friday and Saturday (April 26 & 27) will be held on the “Powwow Grounds” At Expo NM/Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque New Mexico. The upgraded amenities at Expo NM has proven to provide a friendly and welcoming environment, with spacious areas like the enchanting and reverent Teepee Village and the Native American Horse / Regalia and Rider Parade on Main Street. The Horse Parade, in it`s second year will be featured both Friday and Saturday afternoon. The Gathering of Nations has chosen to support and highlight the history and the culture of the Horse Tribes of North America.
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 Miss Indian World Competition is not a “Beauty Pageant”. It is an examination of culture and identity.
“Striving to be a positive cultural and spiritual experience that is exhilarating for everyone, the Gathering of Nations has now settled into the new home for the world’s largest powwow at EXPO New Mexico. 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 and 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. The Gathering of Nations again will feature the Traditional 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 25 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 26 at Tingley Coliseum at Expo Nm. 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.
Fans of the Gathering of Nations are encouraged to listen to the Gathering of Nations Radio on iHeart Radio, 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 iHeart Radio 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.
Advance ticket sales for Miss Indian World Pageant and the Powwow, along with camping reservations begin on line (www.gatheringofnations.com) Mid November. Limited VIP seating is also available. Tickets are always available at the door during the event. General parking is available at Expo New Mexico. For participants and guests traveling to the event, the host hotels include the Double Tree Hotel Downtown (800) 584-5058, Marriott (Uptown) Hotel (800) 228-9290, Ramada ABQ (Midtown) (505) 884-5058, and Fairfield Inn & Suites (airport) (505) 247-1621. Please ask for the special Gathering of Nations rates. EXPO New Mexico will provide camping on the Powwow Grounds (full hook ups and showers). For large group assistance The Hispano Chamber of Commerce is prepared to help with logistics and travel arrangements, (505) 842-9003.