3 Native Events Included in ABA’s Top 100 Events in North America!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 22nd, 2014 Last Updated on: September 22nd, 2014

ABA's Top 100 Events in North America is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Each spring, a committee of ABA-member motorcoach and tour operators selects the Top 100 Events for the subsequent year. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. Check out who is on the list for 2015!


Gathering of Nations
Albuquerque, N.M.
April 24-25, 2015

This one really needs no introduction!

The Gathering of Nations Powwow is North America’s largest Native American competition and pow wow. The event celebrates Native American pageantry and culture with more than 500 tribes represented from across the U.S. and Canada. Attracting more than 3,000 participants from all over the world, the powwow features aisles of shopping at the Indian Trader’s Market and native foods and music. Also featured during the powwow is the crowning of Miss Indian World.

Photo: Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo: Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Albuquerque American Indian Art Festival
Albuquerque, N.M.
Oct. 3–4, 2015

This event happens in the Fall, so you actually have time to check it out! October 4-5, 2014 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Hear Native drums as you enter into the Albuquerque American Indian Art Festival at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. At the outdoor plaza, there’s a marketplace filled with tribal artists from across the country, selling handmade items. Dancers perform tribal dances every hour. Groups can also enjoy a wide selection of Native and American cuisine at the award-winning Pueblo Harvest Café.

Photo Kelly O'Grady

Photo Kelly O'Grady

Kamloopa Powwow
Kamloops, British Columbia
July 31–Aug. 2, 2015

The Kamloopa Powwow is one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada! The Powwow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage and is a vibrant display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia. The Kamloopa Powwow represents many years of stories and events from previous years packed into three exciting days at the Secwepemc Powwow Grounds located two minutes from the city center, alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops.

What do you think? Any others you'd like to see included on the list?

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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