Regional
8:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Annual Albuquerque Powwow Opens With Pageant

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Native American and indigenous dancers are gathering in Albuquerque for the 31st annual Gathering of Nations powwow.

The three-day event, North America's largest powwow, draws hundreds of competitive dancers and tens of thousands of spectators from across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with the Miss Indian World pageant, in which 23 Native American women from different tribes and traditions will be competing for this year's crown.

The pageant will commence with the talent competition, which will feature the young women doing traditional dances in their brightly colored regalia.

The crowning of Miss Indian World will take place on Saturday night at University of New Mexico Arena.

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