2018 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2018 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

North America’s Largest Pow Wow
2018 Gathering of Nations
April 26-28, 2018
Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro NE Albuquerque, NM 87108
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Head Staff

Head Man – Brando Jack
Head Lady – Jocy Bird
Head Young Man – Jaden Parker
Head Young Lady – Thomasina Good Eagle
Head Northern Dance Judge – Donovan Abby
Head Southern Dance Judge – Graham Primeaux, Sr.
Head Northern Drum Judge – Harvey Dreaver
Head Southern Drum Judge – Erwin Morris
Arena Directors – George “Cricket” Shields and Randy Medicine Bear
Announcers – Dennis Bowen, Sr, Vince Beyl, Ruben Little Head, Jason Whitehouse, and Larry Yazzie

Invited Drums
Buc Wild
Wild Rose
Crazy Spirit

Miss Indian World – Raven Swamp


Schedule Highlights

Thursday, April 26:

7:00 p.m. – Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations – ABQ Convention Center – Adm. $15.00

Friday, April 27:

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Gates open 10:00 a.m.

Grand Entry of Dancers Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Horse parade – 5:00 p.m.

Adm $19.00 per day 0r $38.00 two day pass

Saturday, April 28: Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Gates open 10:00 a.m.

Grand Entry of Dancers Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Horse Parad – 4:00 p.m.

Crowning of Miss Indian World 7:00 p.m.

Special Note:  Bass Player, Otiel Burbridge of Dead and Company (current configuration of The Grateful Dead) will be part of “Project Logic” Hosted by DJ logic.  Project logic brings together master Musicians and Native musicians for a Super Jam Experience. The project logic Experience takes place on stage 49 each evening. Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Otiel Burbridge and others join The Nth Power in a special concert prior to the noon Grand Entry.

The Gathering of Nations Powwow is a beautiful connection between cultures, experiences, and memories. The Gathering has the ability to place you at the moment or bring back memories. When the move was made from UNM Arena “The Pit”, an all-new vision of launching and sustaining a greater native style experience was put into action. In this new and unique setting, the vision of the Gathering has grown exponentially.

The Gathering of Nations is an iconic Native American experience that embodies creativity and passion and has the ability to bring people together year after year. It’s here—the weekend of music, dance, and magic in Albuquerque New Mexico. Whether you’re a Gathering veteran or visiting this festival for the first time, this year is going to be another great year for all who attend. On April 26, 27 and 28 you will be entertained and enlightened, starting on Thursday evening with Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations, at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium.

The powwow begins on Friday, April 27 at Tingley Coliseum; the sights and sounds will dazzle you as more than 3,000 dancers and over 30 drum groups perform. Visit Stage 49 to catch 40-plus contemporary musical groups in a variety of genres and artistic performances.

Gates open each day at 10:00 a.m. and the Grand Entry of Dancers inside Tingley Coliseum are Friday, Noon and 7:00 p.m. And Saturday at Noon And 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the event. General parking is at Gates 7, 8 and the south lots off Louisiana and Central Avenues.

The Traders Market will fill your days with loads of shopping for one-of-a-kind handmade items that you can only find at North America’s biggest powwow. A shopper’s dream!

New this Year is the Traditional Horse and Rider Parade. The Parade will take place each afternoon on Main street. The riders and the horses will be adorned in interesting and colorful traditional outfits.

The official souvenir Gathering of Nations Magazine 2018 is available at the event. The sale of the program Magazine serves as a fund raiser, in part, for the Albuquerque High School Jr. ROTC Program. The magazine features special interest articles, educational information, personal stories and photos.

This annual publication demonstrates a commitment by the Gathering of Nations organization to making a difference in our community and throughout Indian Country. The Gathering of Nations provides financial opportunities to a wide range of people and businesses in Albuquerque and beyond.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is a rain or shine event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Enjoy this weekend’s celebration, at North Americas Biggest Powwow.



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Last Updated on November 20, 2018 by PowWow Articles

27 Comments on “2018 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow”

  • Avatar for Mara



    How many motel are there in the area

  • Avatar for Renee



    Are there any pow wows coming to TYLER TEXAS,or near,,anytime soon?

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Look here – newpowwows.www.powwows.com/texas

  • Avatar for Rachel



    I love your dancing and music you oll real people god bless

  • Avatar for Linda D.

    Linda D.


    A suggestion. Could the committee do something about all the blankets covering the chairs? Embarrased for the GON, when all the ppl that come to this event CAN’T find a seat with no blanket draped over them. And no one sits in those seats all evening. A lot of ppl don’t care to go back to GON. They pay all this $$ and just a big disappointment to them.
    Kudos to Denver March committee. The last time I’ve been to the Denver March powwow, they had securities going around getting all the blankets off the chairs. There was a table with blankets stacked on it. The announcer kept repeating to quit covering the seats. Just saying.

  • Avatar for Runnng Doe

    osiyo haven’tbeen able to watch all the powwows I love, for you put them on facebook, and I don’t have face book, makes me very sad

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      We stream to FB and to our website.

      You can alway go here to watch – newpowwows.www.powwows.com/watchlive

  • Avatar for Joe Mollica

    Joe Mollica


    Is there a pow wow at Westwood high school April 29th

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Check here newpowwows.www.powwows.com/calendar

  • Avatar for clarence beazley

    is Dallas Armand Jr. going to the3re, if not, why?>

  • Avatar for Fredreca j Stiffarm

    Please send one poster of each powwow, that going on at time. I probably won’t be there ! So if you won’t mind sending both posters.

    Thank you,
    Fredreca Stiffarm
    421 Roberta Street
    Rapid City, SD. 57701

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      We don’t do print calendars. Everything is online – newpowwows.www.powwows.com/calendar

  • Avatar for Vera ask:

    Vera ask:


    how do I get tickets for the 2018 Miss Indian World? My niece will be a contestant, and at the Pow-Wow where are your nearest handi-cap parking?

  • Avatar for gjkelsey



    Native Pride

  • Avatar for Joan Stegall

    Joan Stegall


    Could you tell me about parking and seating for the handicapped ?
    Thanks, Joan Stegall

  • Avatar for KENRIC LEE NAVAJO




  • Avatar for Tina



    How much is this to go to?

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Tickets will be on sale in December.

  • Avatar for David B Smith

    David B Smith


    How do we get tickets to the 2018 Gathering of Nations? Opening ceremony and other Pow Wow events?

  • Avatar for Sharon



    We are from Australia & trying to get info on the 2018 Pow Wow

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