My Favorite Moments From Gathering of Nations Pow Wows

My Favorite Moments From Gathering of Nations Pow Wows

I attended my first Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in 2004.  Since then I have been blessed to attend each year.  Starting in 2009 I have streamed them for and the Gathering of Nations committee.

Over these years I have seen some fantastic moments at the Pow Wow.  

Have you been to the Gathering of Nations? 

What were some of your favorite moments?

Watch the video below to see my list of favorite memories.  Scroll further down for the individual videos of each moment.

Prom at Gathering of Nations - 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Fawn Wood at GON 09

Smoke Dance Special - 2014 Gathering of Nations -

Nahko and Medicine for the People - 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

2007 Gathering of Nations - Purdy's Word

Spike Draper Exhibition - 2016 Gathering of Nations PowWow

Tia Wood Special - 2017 Gathering of Nations

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Last Updated on March 1, 2024 by Paul G

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9 Comments on “My Favorite Moments From Gathering of Nations Pow Wows”

  • Avatar for Cecile Rice

    Cecile Rice


    What does the bowed head signify in the ladies dancing? I’m not Indigenous but my adopted daughter is from the Northern Alberta Cree nation

  • Avatar for Running Doe

    Love the Gathering of all nations, I got to go one time back in the 80s, I really love It and enjoyed it so much, really miss getting to go, again,

  • Avatar for PAULA J HARTER

    I must have some kind of Indian in me, this intrigues me so much and your culture is fascinating. Thank you for the honor of me learning it.

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    Annie M.


    My first Gathering of Nations was also my first Pow Wow,1984. Jingle dancers! And any dance where the dancers cut loose and fly and swoop.
    My current favorite is Laura Grizzlypaws. She truly is the bear.

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    Karen Klinck


    Dear Paul,
    After a recent medical attack (I don’t need no stinkin’ COVID; I can come up with enough stupidities on my own.) I realized I have to make a decision regarding the thousands of books that I own. (I was lucky this time; next time I may not be.) I’d like to contribute them to one of your poorest areas. My reasoning is simple: a book can go anywhere. It doesn’t need electricity or an internet connection, nor do you need to be in just the right spot for a satellite. It can be read by sunlight, moonlight, an oil lamp or a campfire. It travels in a saddlebag or a back pocket. And anyone can enjoy it. If you know someone, I shall be very pleased. I’ll send them by dribs and drabs (I’m not rich, and I’m on a fixed income. But I know some tricks…

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    I thought my first powwow was just loving the moments with other tribes. But taking my grandson was the best, he has been on cloud 9. Now he’s so interested in learning more about the Native American, more so our tribe Cherokee. Hopefully we will be able to at least attend two PowWows soon, and make that trip to Okla.

  • Avatar for aurelia phillips

    My memory is over 50 years ago – in Anadarko, Oklahoma…….at night in an arena I saw tribes from all across America……..the Elk dance – man with antler headdress, rutting and using head movements to mimick the elks……there was a dancer with feathers on his arms, dropping one arm to the ground to imitate the movement of a grouse, feigning a broken wing to lead prey away from the nest. Each dancer became the animal they imitated…… was stunning and I so wish we could see more of that. I love the colorful costumes, but these dancers are the ones who represented the best of US!!

  • Avatar for MaryStarshine



    Fantastic! If only I had sound! Have no one to to help since my stepson died, he was the computer expert around here. Shouldn’t be sitting at computer anyway due to health issues, sigh. A few hundred years ago (joke) I used to belong to a troupe of American Tribal Belly Dancers…this dancing was based on Egyptian and North African tribal dancing. The style originated in San Francisco area, I believe over 20-30 yrs. ago. We also did Hawaiian hula dancing. Dancers love to watch dance events!!! THIS EVENT IS BEAUTIFUL!

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