Gathering Of Nations kicks off with Miss Indian World Pageant


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Thursday kicks off the start of the Gathering Of Nations with the Miss Indian World Pageant.

Lisa Meeches and Jason Whitehouse, pageant hosts, joined the KRQE This Morning team to give an overview of what Powwow-goers can expect.

Similar to the Miss America Pageant, 21 Native American women will represent their tribes and traditions for the title of Miss Indian World. Currently, Taylor Thomas holds the crown and will be handing off to the new lucky lady.

Miss Indian World activities include the traditional talent competition featuring young women doing traditional Native American dancing dressed in brightly colored indigenous regalia.

Each participant will perform dances in traditional regalia including colorful feather headdresses and authentic leather outfits with fringe, jingles, shawls and more.

The pageant starts Thursday night, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium.

Tickets at the door are $14.

Friday, April 24 brings a whole new production that will hopefully bring moisture to the state.

The Acoma Rain Dancers is an after school program under the Acoma Learning Center. The center utilizes traditional education to promote individual skills, knowledge and cultural growth.

Children learn to pray and understand the meaning of prayer in dance.

The young rain dancers also joined KRQE’s This Morning team to give a demonstration of what can be expected at the Friday 1:30 p.m. performance at the Wise Pies Arena.

The group has a total of 4 singers and 10 dancers, ranging from 3 to 11 years old.

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