Gathering Of Nations: In Person For the First Time Since 2019

Posted By BrittanyLCerny April 28th, 2022 Last Updated on: April 30th, 2022

Gathering of Nations is back!

After a two-year, (in-person) hiatus — the cultural phenomenon returns to Albuquerque, New Mexico!  

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 in-person gatherings. But this year — for the first time since 2019 — representatives from at least 750 Native American nations will physically gather to celebrate their cultures and traditions. The 39th annual event figures to draw attendees from around the world. 

While health and safety are always a top priority, organizers hope this will be a powerful opportunity to strengthen relationships and shared understanding among indigenous people from all corners of North America. 

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We’re Thankful to be Back

As attendees shuffle into Albuquerque for GON, there’s a buzz in the air. After all it’s the first time attendees and talent have been able to meet face-to-face since the beginning of the pandemic. Some attending have not been out and about much, especially to large events, and some have been working from home. For those reasons, this event carries a special significance that’s hard to put into words, for first-timers and regulars alike. 

Gathering of Nations has exceeded my expectations.  Grand Entry took my breath away!  The areana came alive with dancers of all ages.  The feathers, beadwork, jingles all moving in perfect rythm to the beat of the drum. Shawna Newman first time visitor to Gathering of Nations.  

The 2022 Gathering of Nations represents the perseverance individuals and communities have shown over the past two years and honors those who are no longer physically with us to celebrate. If you can physically attend this year’s Gathering of Nations, consider how you are appreciative and thankful for this ability and what you will take from the three-day event. 

Let’s Make Memories

This is also the first in-person Gathering of Nations for many young people. While they may have logged on for to the virtual event last year, this is many kids’ first chance to partake in the live festivities. Parents and caretakers are thankful their young loved ones can fully experience the event’s immersive sights and sounds and learn firsthand what their culture is all about. They want the next generation to take knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration from this year’s event. And, of course, they want their children to make unforgettable memories at the 2022 Gathering of Nations. 

“My family travels to Pow Wows throughout the year.  But this is one that we always want to come back to.  This is the Super Bowl of Pow Wows. We want to dance with the best!” Michael Gabbard, Delaware Tribe.

We hope that Native and non-native children will go home from the Gathering of Nations with memories that they can cherish forever. The goal is that they continue to come back year after year to represent and support their tribe and fellow Indigenous people. This year’s Gathering of Nations is more than just a place to make memories; it is an experience that will last a lifetime. 


The Gathering of Nations is more important now than ever. With so many people working remotely and attending events virtually, it’s crucial for families and communities to come together in-person to celebrate their heritage and traditions. And what better place to do that than at the Gathering of Nations? This event is also an excellent opportunity for young children to experience indigenous cultures firsthand and make memories that will last a lifetime. If you can’t attend the 2022 Gathering of Nations in person, don’t worry! You can still support this important event by donating or watching the live stream. We hope to see you there!

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