One of the largest gatherings of indigenous peoples has drawn thousands of dancers, singers and artisans to New Mexico.

The 36th annual Gathering of Nations’ powwow began Friday in Albuquerque. It concludes late Saturday after two days of traditional dancing, horse parades and pageant events for the Miss Indian World contest.

Mayor Tim Keller says the powwow draws people from more than 700 tribes. That includes those in the United States and Canada.

nmalj103---04/26/2019---Jim Trenton  8, of Brimhall, N.M. waits his chance to show his talent in the Junior boys Traditional category at the Gathering Of Nations in Albuquerque, N. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
nmalj103—04/26/2019—Jim Trenton 8, of Brimhall, N.M. waits his chance to show his talent in the Junior boys Traditional category at the Gathering Of Nations in Albuquerque, N. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

A highlight of the event each year is the twice-daily grand entry of dancers into Tingley Coliseum as they slowly spiral their way, one by one, onto and toward the center of the dance floor.

They are grouped by their type of dance — with men, women and children competing to win prizes in their categories.

0hane Redhawk of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota rides down main street during the judging portion of the Horse and Rider Parade at the Gathering Of Nations in Albuquerque, N. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
0hane Redhawk of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota rides down main street during the judging portion of the Horse and Rider Parade at the Gathering Of Nations in Albuquerque, N. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

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