Gathering Of Nations Powwow Canceled For 2nd Year In A Row

Feb 16, 2021

The world’s largest powwow has been canceled for a second consecutive year because of the pandemic. 

Kiowa Nation's Josiah Tsatoke of Norman, Okla. dances during the Southern Style competition at the Gathering Of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday afternoon, April 26, 2019.
Credit Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP


The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Gathering of Nations Powwow, typically held in Albuquerque, will be entirely online. Gathering of Nations founder Derek Mathews says they can’t hold the live event until the state opens up for large gatherings. He was told that the powwow won’t likely be possible until April of 2022. He also says it wouldn’t be right to risk people’s safety, especially considering how COVID-19 has devastated tribal communities. The virtual powwow will be held April 23-24 with dance performances and competitions livestreamed from various places.