June 1st, 2016
Gathering of Nations Newsletter

Governor Susana Martinez and Gathering of Nations Announce Expo New Mexico as the New Home for North America's Largest Powwow

Agreement Keeps Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM  
Today, Governor Susana Martinez and Gathering of Nations Founder Derek Mathews announced an agreement to ensure that North America's largest powwow remains in New Mexico for years to come. With the agreement, the Gathering of Nations will be held at Tingley Coliseum and the New Mexico State Fairgrounds for the next four years, with an option for an additional four years. EXPO New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce joined Governor Martinez and Mr. Mathews for the announcement.
"I'm proud to announce that the Gathering of Nations isn't going anywhere - it's staying right here in Albuquerque," Governor Martinez said. "I'm pleased that our state will continue to host this event, which will now have its home at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The Gathering of Nations is part of what it means to be New Mexico True, and I'm grateful that we will continue to showcase the best our state has to offer - both to the rest of the country and the world."
The 34th Annual Gathering of Nations will be held at Tingley Coliseum and the New Mexico State Fairgrounds from April 27 to 29, 2017.
"The Gathering of Nations is very excited to hold its 2017 event at EXPO New Mexico," said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations. "I want to thank Governor Martinez, Mayor Berry, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and EXPO New Mexico for helping to keep the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque. I want to especially thank the huge outpouring of support from our city, state, Indian Country, and around the world. This level of support and confidence gave the Gathering of Nations a refreshing and creative opportunity to find a new home. Tingley Coliseum and EXPO New Mexico will provide upgraded amenities, and a friendly and welcoming environment to host our participants and guests attending the world's largest powwow. The expansive space of EXPO New Mexico will give the Gathering of Nations the opportunity to also expand the size of the event to accommodate an increased amount of artisans and traders, music groups, and food vendors in years to come."
The Gathering of Nations hosts tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world each year. The three-day event includes more than 3,000 traditional Native American singers and dancers competing for prizes, more than 800 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work, as well as over 30 contemporary indigenous music groups performing on Stage 49. Food vendors in the Native Food Court offer guests a large selection of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare. During the powwow, a young Native American woman is crowned Miss Indian World and presents all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador. For news, updates and powwow information, please visit  www.gatheringofnations.com.
"Gathering of Nations is an incredibly important event for Albuquerque, both culturally and economically. It brings together diverse communities from around the world to celebrate Native American and indigenous cultures," Mayor Berry said. "We are fortunate that the Mathews family has chosen to make Albuquerque home to the event. Today's announcement is very exciting. I am thrilled to have worked with the Mathews family and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce to facilitate a long-term plan to keep the Gathering of Nations event right here in Albuquerque, and I'm grateful for Governor Martinez's leadership on this agreement."
"It's a new day," said President and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex O. Romero. "This change brings about tremendous opportunities as the event is positioned to be even greater and more inclusive of our local community; this is indeed an exciting time."
"In working with the Mathews family over the last several weeks, it has been our privilege to forge a partnership to provide exceptional facilities which meet the needs of this incredible, culturally significant event.  As the only true multi-purpose events center in the state, whose mission is deeply rooted in New Mexico's unique history and diversity of people, we provide the perfect canvas for the Gathering of Nations to build on an already first class event," added EXPO New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning.

The newly crowned Miss Indian World, Danielle Ta'sheena Finn, set sail this past May on the Disney Wonder Cruise ship.  The cruise departed from San Diego, CA and went to Mexico.  As part of the prize package for the newly crowned Miss Indian World, she gets a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line.  It has been a tradition for many years to send Miss Indian World on a cruise.  This was Danielle's first cruise out in the Pacific Ocean.  One of the special features of the Disney Cruise is that guests get an opportunity to meet many of the Disney characters, as well as it's a family oriented vacation.  Danielle was well received and met many of the passengers as they were fascinated by her crown and sash.  Danielle now embarks on a summer of travel to many places including London, England.  Please check the Gathering of Nations web site www.gatheringofnations.com for more updates on Danielle's travel.
GON Drum Shirt

This Antique Orange t-shirt is 50/50 cotton polyester material. It features the Drum design on the back of the tee. The left chest is full color with a Gathering of Nations logo.
 Pair of Gathering of Nations Shot Glasses

2016 Gathering of Nations Full Color Print on Ceramic Shot Glasses



Our 33rd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow CD is scheduled to be released July 2016.


Check out some of our event photos from the 33rd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow from photographers Derek Mathews and         Le Andra Madalena.