The 33rd annual “Gathering of Nations” Powwow runs April 29-30, 2016 inside the WisePies “The Pit” at Albuquerque, NM. Day “one” kicked off with thousands of powwow fans lining up to buy tickets when doors opened at 10 a.m. It was a cool Friday morning at Albuquerque with clouds and a cold wind in the air. Folk, rock singer and songwriter Samantha Crain performed on the arena ground floor. Her set of songs received a good round of applause from the audience as they filled “The Pit.”
The first powwow “grand entry” of dancers began at 12 p.m. The “Miss Indian World” Pageant contestants entered “Stage 49” for their speaking competition at 1:30 p.m. All 24 young hopefuls spoke well in English as well as in their own tribal languages. They represent North American tribes in the United States and Canada. All visiting royalty posed in a picture with Cheyenne Brady who is the current “Miss Indian World” 2015-16.
The dance competition for the “Miss Indian World” contestants began inside “The Pit” at 8 p.m. All 24 young ladies were split into two categories. The judges voted on each contestant with their particular tribal dance in their traditional regalia. Ariane Medley (Haida) danced in her button blanket. She is from Vancouver, British Columbia. Elizabeth Ferguson (Kotzebue) danced in her Alaskan fur jacket. She is from Kotzebue, Alaska.
Each “World” contestant is judged in several categories including, essay, personal interview, traditional talent presentation, speaking and dance. Keeyana Yellowman is from Warm Springs, Oregon who is did well in each public competition. She has a great personality who is vibrant and fun. Her traditional talent brought us to the Columbia river at Oregon where her tribe fishes for salmon. She brought a paddle onstage and described how tribal women greet men after catching fishing all day.
Visit the “Gathering of Nations” website to watch live website streaming online.