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From April 26-28, guests in New Mexico can experience Native American culture through a variety of competitions, music and shopping.
The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow starts with the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino showroom. The winner of Miss Indian World will be a young Native American woman who will represent Native American and Indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador. Crowning takes place later that weekend at the New Mexico University arena.
The Pow Wow itself takes place over the next two days and nights. At the University of New Mexico arena, guests will see over 3,000 indigenous and Native American singers and dancers representing more than 500 tribes compete in the annual Gathering of Nations dance competition. There will also be the Indian Traders Market, which provides visitors a chance to purchase merchandise from over 800 Native American artists, crafters and traders. Admission to the market is included in the ticket price. There will also be separate performances going on at Stage 49 featuring all genres of music including country, reggae, rhythm and blues, hip hop and rock n roll performed by Native American musicians.
Tickets for the Miss Indian World pageant start at $14. One day admission to the Pow Wow, including access to the market and Stage 49, starts at $17 with a two-day wristband starting at $34. Advanced guaranteed tickets are available online.