Albuquerque, N.M.The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, which is North America’s largest, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2008. The annual event takes place at the University of New Mexico Arena (the PIT) in Albuquerque April 24-26, 2008.

Native American Singers and Dancers

With more than 3,000 Native American singers and dancers converging, the atmosphere is quite festive. All performances and competitions are open to the public.

The festival also features an Indian Traders’ Market and a Native American food court. An additional performance area offers musical alternatives to the main pow wow activities including Native musicians and storytellers.

Pueblo Tribes

A special event celebrating the 25th anniversary celebration will take place on Friday, April 25th featuring the Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico coming together to sing and dance as one. The first Pueblo dance celebration took place during the 2000 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

"The Pueblo dance is an opportunity for the Pueblo people of New Mexico to share our living Pueblo Indian Culture with other American Indian tribes and visitors from throughout the world," said Travis Suazo, New Mexico Indian Tourism Program Manager.

Ky-Mani Marley Performs

At midnight on April 25th there will be a “Midnight Special” dance competition featuring the Men’s Buckskin – Feathered War bonnets. Immediately following the competition, Ky-Mani Marley will perform a concert with friends and family. Ky-Mani is the son of the legendary Bob Marley.

Prior to the festivities at the Pit, the Miss Indian World Pageant will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The pageant showcases the contestants’ talents and traditional knowledge. The pageant will be co-hosted by Sonni Moreno, of the all-Indian women singing group Ulali, and Ky-Mani Marley. A special musical performance will also be given by the popular Native singer, Aragon Star, originally from Oklahoma. The Crowning of Miss Indian World will take place on Saturday evening, April 26th.

A detailed schedule and event tickets are available at

“The Gathering of Nations brings national attention to Albuquerque with visitors from all across North America. This event, combined with the Native American Pueblo culture of New Mexico, provides an unrivaled experience of native culture,” said Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Visit Albuquerque.

For additional information on Native American culture in Albuquerque and New Mexico, visit

*Images of past events are available.