The largest pow wow in North America kicks into full gear Friday. Around 3,000 singers and dancers will share their craft along with 800 artisans at the 36th annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.
During this year’s gathering, organizers say they want to raise awareness about the missing and murdered Native American women which has become a critical issue for tribes. The Miss Indian World pageant was dedicated to the issue.
The pow wow continues Saturday at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Saturday’s events will include contest dancing, horse riding, and the Miss Indian World crowning.