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Gathering of Nations 2024: North America's largest powwow takes place in New Mexico

Kassie John, a Navajo woman from Rock Point, Arizona, was crowned Miss Indian World 2024 at the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Gathering of Nations
Kassie John, a Navajo woman from Rock Point, Arizona, was crowned Miss Indian World 2024 at the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The international powwow hosted over 550 tribes from around the United States and over 200 from Canada. It included competitions in dance, singing, and drum groups.

The weekend’s events included a trader’s market, concerts, a horse parade, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. Kassie John, a Navajo woman from Rock Point, Arizona, won the honor. She was recognized for her public speaking skills.

Leah Jacket is Miss Ute Mountain, and she’s been coming to the Gathering of Nations since she was six years old.

“You get to meet new people from different nations and different reservations. You get the opportunity to make new friends that will last a lifetime. But it does get packed in here, so you gotta come early to get your seats,” said Jacket.

Bart Powaukee traveled to the Gathering of Nations from Fort Duchesne, Utah. It’s his fourth year helping to MC the event.

“There's over 2,000 dancers here,” said Powaukee, “I feel it's a spirit that I'm getting. It's loud, it's fun. We're used to like 22 to 28 drums. Here, there's probably about 40 drums.”

Rita Wing is from Towaoc, Colorado, and is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. She competed in the powwow at the Gathering of Nations. She described the regalia she wore for the powwow.

“I am wearing beaded flowers that I did myself,” said Wing, “I have beaded moccasins; I have my eagle fan. I have shells and necklaces that I created myself. I'm very proud of myself for doing all the things that I learned from my grandmother and my mother.”

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Clark Adomaitis