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Thirty-First Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow Kicks Off on April 26 in Albuquerque, N.M.

World's Largest Native American Cultural Event to Feature Dance, Musical, Artistic and Culinary Experiences

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 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 Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico between April 24 and 26, 2014.  During the “Grand Entry,” thousands of Native American dancers simultaneously enter University of New Mexico University Arena dressed in colorful regalia to the sounds of beating drums.

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, more than 25 contemporary indigenous bands will be performing a wide variety of musical genres.  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. 

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. 

The contestants will compete in the areas of tribal knowledge through interviews, essays, public speaking and traditional presentation, and dance.  The Gathering of Nations opens with the Miss Indian World competition on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  The much anticipated "Grand Entry" begins at noon on Friday, April 25.  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.  The Gathering of Nations will be held at the University of New Mexico's University Arena (known as "The Pit") in Albuquerque. 

The Gathering of Nations will also honor LaDonna Harris, founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity and adoptive Comanche mother of Actor Johnny Depp, for her lifelong contributions as a national leader, statesmen, social activist, and advocate for tribal America. 

General admission tickets cost $17 per day, or $34 for a two day pass. VIP Club Level tickets are available for $50.  For more information on the 2014 Gathering of Nations, visit www.gatheringofnations.com.

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