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Gathering Nations in New Mexico after the Pandemic Health

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ALBUCHERKE, New Mexico (AP) – What the organizers call the world’s largest holiday, for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic is held in person in Albuquerque.

The Gathering of Nations returned on Friday after a virtual platform for the past two years.

The festivities included a grand entrance as hundreds of dancers moved to the beat of traditional drums as attendees filled the arena at New Mexico’s Fairgrounds. Then there were dance and singing competitions. The event ends late Saturday with the coronation of Miss Indian World.

Hundreds of Native American artisans, craftsmen and merchants also showcase and sell their work during the event.

In 2019, the Gathering of the Nations attracted more than 80,000 people from all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico and had an economic impact of more than $ 24 million, said event founder and director Derek Matthews.

Like other spiders, the annual event is an opportunity for members of the tribe to gather and honor and demonstrate their culture through dance and singing competitions.

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