April 27th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 19th, 2022
If you've never been to Gathering of Nations before, now is the time!
It isn't like most powwows in the US, it is actually the largest powwow in the world. Which means there is a LOT to see and to do while you are here. Think of it as the Super Bowl of powwows and your expectations will be about right.
This is something you definitely do NOT want to miss.
With an average of 3,000 dancers spiraling into the arena of Tingly Colosseum at Grand Entry, it has often brought guests who see it for the first time to tears.
Stage 49 is adjacent to the main arena and past the food, and hosts indigenous performers all day long! Artists like A Tribe Called Red, Antoine Edwards, and Nahko and Medicine for the People have blessed that stage and rocked our mocs off!
The Horse Parade
Each year a beautiful parade of horses adorned in various Horse Nation traditional regalia showcase their beauty for all who gather. It's a sight you don't want to miss while here.
Miss Indian World Pageant
The Miss Indian World Pageant is an amazing showcase of our indigenous women and their many strengths and abilities. Each year a new Miss Indian World is announced at the Saturday session, and each woman has gone on to accomplish amazing things for her nation and community.
Arts and Crafts
Each year talented artists and crafters come from all over our Indian Nation to bring their crafts to sell. There are two buildings filled with people and tables. It's easy to spend your money in this place, but absolutely worth it. All your purchases are directly supporting indigenous artists and their families. You can take a lot of pride in knowing that you were directly supporting them and their communities.
And an honorable mention – the food! Love getting a potato from Nibble My Ears or a burger from Blake's Lotaburger!
What is your favorite part about Gathering of Nations? Comment below!
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