Although the Gathering of Nations ended a few weeks ago, its “wow” effect on Native peoples and Americans lasts the entire year.
And this year, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the University of New Mexico, GON, one of America’s most exciting events, celebrated 32 years with all the fuss: dancers, singers, hundereds of vendors at the Indian Trading Market, and even President Obama made an appearance (via video), pushing forward with the White House’s Generation-Indigenous, or Gen-I initiative.
ICTMN photographer Cliff Matias attended the pow wow, and captured some of the biggest moments, like the crowning of Miss Indian World, and the grand entry where at least 150,000 people watched the procession, or lined up for it; but Matias also found those private moments that perhaps, didn’t get a second look.
The two-day pow wow, April 24-25, was an event that Natives and Non-Natives should make an annual tradition.
Take a look at some of Matias’s work.
Young Acoma Rain dancers take a break between shows at the Gathering of Nations pow wow.
Fans waited in line at the Gathering of Nations to get a signed copy of Jude Schimmel’s (far left) new book: Dreamcatcher.
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Diamond Creek Crown dancers perform one of the crowd favorites in the pow wow alley.
Northern singing and drumming group, Iron Boy, performs at the Gathering of Nations pow wow. Iron Boy took home first place.
At least 300 Native American Bikers, who rode from as far away as Phoenix, were part of a fund-raising ride.
More than 2,000 dancers filled “The Pit” Saturday, April 25, 2015, during the Grand Entry at the Gathering of Nations.
Tenochtitlan Aztec Dancers entertain the crowd at the pow wow.
Brando Jack, Dine, from Whitecone, Arizona, takes the stage before he was awarded first place in the Men’s Traditional dance at the Gathering of Nations pow wow.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, North Dakota resident, Cheyenne Brady of the Sac and Fox/Cheyenne/Tonkawa tribe(s) was named Miss Indian World.