ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – North America’s biggest pow-wow is kicking off Thursday in Albuquerque. More than 800 tribes will head to the fairgrounds for the 40th anniversary of the Gathering of Nations.

The Gathering of Nations is set to kick off Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Convention Center. with the Miss Indian World Traditional Presentations. Friday, vendors and the trading market will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Then, at Tingley Coliseum at noon will be the grand entry of dancers. Organizers expect there to be between 60 to 100,000 people in attendance this year.