Gathering of Nations celebrates 36th year in N.M.

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In front of a sold-out audience on Saturday, April 27, Cheyenn Kippenberger (center) of the Seminole Tribe of Florida was crowned the 36th Miss Indian World. Kippenberger was one of 17 contestants vying for the title.
A young grass dancer steps in synch with the rhythm of the drum while competing in the men’s dance category
Each Grand Entry, a traditional dancer is selected to carry in the ceremonial head dress staff at the Gathering of Nations Powwow.
U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district, Deb Haaland is honored with a star quilt just before the afternoon Grand Entry begins on Saturday, April 27.
Each Grand Entry, a traditional dancer is selected to carry in the ceremonial head dress staff at the Gathering of Nations Powwow.
Each Grand Entry, a traditional dancer is selected to carry in the ceremonial head dress staff at the Gathering of Nations Powwow.
A young jingle dress dancer makes her way across the arena floor during Grand Entry on Saturday, April 27.
Dancers of all ages and styles filled the arena floor while dancing in Grand Entry.
Ute Mountain Ute Chairman, Harold Cuthair competes in the hand drum singing contest on Saturday, April 27.
A horse dancer makes his way down the street as he leads in the horse parade on Saturday, April 27.
A traditional horse rider shows off his groomed horse who is adorned with traditional tack and accessories in the horse parade at the Gathering of Nations Powwow on Saturday, April 27.
Outside of Tingley Coliseum Southern Ute Brave, Levi Lopez and his sister, Little Miss Southern Ute, Patience Watts stand for a photo. The two siblings were enjoying a moment outside under clear skies following the Grand Entry for the Gathering of Nations Powwow on Saturday, April 27 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Golden Age dancer, Marty Pinnecoose takes a moment to step outside for a quick breather before he dances into the evening grand entry on Saturday, April 27.
In front of a sold-out audience on Saturday, April 27, Cheyenn Kippenberger (center) of the Seminole Tribe of Florida was crowned the 36th Miss Indian World. Kippenberger was one of 17 contestants vying for the title.
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
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Thousands of spectators, families and performers filled the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. from Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27 to celebrate the 36th year of the Gathering of Nations Powwow. The powwow featured cultural dances, a horse parade and of course the regular powwow contests and dancing. The Gatherings is a chance for contestants and their families to kick of the start of the powwow season before traveling across Indian Country to contest and visit.

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