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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:30 PM

Powwow draws tens of thousands to NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The start of this year's powwow season got under way Friday as hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers crowded onto the floor of University of New Mexico Arena, each one pounding their feet in rhythm to dozens of beating drums.

Donning traditional costumes of beads, bells, feathers, fringed leather and shells, they came from Canada, both coasts of the United States and everywhere in between.

"It's a wonderful spectacle to see," said Jason Whitehouse, a master of ceremonies for the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations.

Aside from the thousands of dancers and singers who participate in competitions, as many as 150,000 spectators were expected to pass through the doors during the three-day event. It wraps up late Saturday with award ceremonies and the crowning of Miss Indian World.

Organizers bill the Gathering of Nations as one of the world's largest powwows.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/27/4448903/powwow-draws-tens-of-thousands.html#storylink=cpy


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/gathering-of-nations-native-american-dancers-compete-share-traditions-during-3-day-powwow/2012/04/27/gIQAbjJOmT_story.html

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:34 PM

1. I've been to much small pow wows and while some of the dancers seemed bored or

self-conscious, many were almost in a trance-like state. It was uplifting and transformative to watch. I can't imagine seeing so many at once -- must be quite an experience! nt

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:04 PM

2. The most wonderful part

is seeing the children dancing behind their parents and grandparents; the next generation, learning.

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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 11:15 PM

3. I attended a couple of NA powwows with some NA friends

several years ago. I enjoyed it immensely - they are serious community gatherings and also their "church" meetings (dance is sacred).

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