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Gathering of Nations
Gathering of Nations, Albuquerque, NM - April 2007
GenrePow wow
Dates28-30, April 2022
Location(s)Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Years activeSince 1983; 41 years ago (1983), at the University of New Mexico
Attendance72,000 (2017)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

The Gathering of Nations is the largest pow-wow in the United States and North America.[2] It is held annually on the fourth weekend in April, on the Powwow Grounds at Expo NM, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 565 tribes from around the United States and 220 from Canada travel to Albuquerque to participate.

Dance competitions are held in 36 categories, including different age group categories such as Elders (70+), Golden Age (55+), Adults (19+), Teens, and Tiny Tots. Other competitions include Northern Singers, Southern Singers, Women's Back-up Singing, and competition for Drum Groups and Drummers and various other special competitions. A pageant for Miss Indian World is held each year. The winner is chosen based upon personality, knowledge of tribal traditions, and dancing ability. There is also the Indian Traders Market featuring artists, crafters, and traders selling Native American and Indigenous arts and crafts.

Additional activities during the festival are held at stage 49, a contemporary music and performance space where native musicians and others experience performance on a professional stage and in front of a large audience. There is also a native horse and rider regalia parade, honoring the horse culture among tribes, and a tee pee village. Gathering of Nations also participates annually in a literacy program, delivering over four thousand books to young children registered to dance.[citation needed]

Gathering of Nations has maintained a high-level traveling show since 1995[citation needed], with performances throughout USA, Asia, Europe and on Broadway in New York City. The show has also performed on national television, with five live performances on the NBC Today show. The 2010 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow's album A Spirit's Dance won a Grammy award for Best Native American music album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.[3]

The pow-wow was called off in 2020.

The Gathering of Nations Powwow is a family event where everyone is invited. The next Gathering of Nations Powwow is April 25-27, 2024.

Electric 49

The Electric 49 was an annual Native American Music concert held during the weekend of Powwow, but in no way associated with the official events of the Gathering.

The concert was originated/created by the group Red Earth in 1998, and saw eight annual editions since that year. Since 2006, however, there has not been another festival, as Red Earth remains on hiatus. The Electric 49 focused on highlighting artistically challenging Native American Musicians throughout the Americas, and its goal was to highlight contemporary Native music.

Throughout the years, the Electric 49 has featured Red Earth, Robert Mirabal, Ethnic DeGeneration, Star Nayea, Native Roots, Casper, Querosene Jacare (of Brazil), Cisco, Derek Miller, Stoic Frame, DJ Abel and Quese IMC. True to the diversity of contemporary native music, festival performers have been from across numerous genres including Heavy metal, Reggae, Blues, Hip hop, New Mexico music, and Waila (Chicken Scratch).

See also


  1. ^ Sapin, Rachel (August 17, 2017). "Gathering of Nations announces 2022 dates". Albuquerque Business First. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Largest powwow draws Indigenous dancers to New Mexico".
  3. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards". Retrieved 3 March 2021.