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Traditional native women dancers & 'Stage 49' rocks 'Gathering of Nations' 2014

The “Gathering of Nations” (GON) Powwow moved to the second “grand entry of dancers” on Friday April 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. The “Pit” arena at Albuquerque was again packed with dancers, singers & powwow fans. “Stage 49” was rockin' with native bands, musicians & singers. Tickets for the one day pass is $17. The GON souvenir program is $5 & the powwow ends tomorrow night Saturday April 26.

Traditional native women dancers
Roscoe Pond (Examiner)

The Funk & Soul group called “Orgone” had the audience of “Stage 49” up & dancing. All before pop singer Inez Jasper took the stage. Orgone had the audience dancing at intermission with “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson. Several male native teens began to break dance solo to an enthusiastic crowd who held up their iphones. Native kids jumped into their own dance moves too.

There was a “Soul Train” line dance started & Roscoe Pond put down his digital camera to join in. He was asked to go first through the line showing his old, old moves. Roscoe had won several dance contests back in his youth. He gave it his all & realized that he shocked the crowd with some pretty good moves. Several girls whooped & hollared. He went through the line twice “gettin' down” before Inez took the stage with some cool pop music.

The gates open on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Flute player Andrew Thomas will perform from 10 to 10:30 a.m. / World Music with Randy Granger will perform from 10:35 to 11:05 a.m. / Funk & Soul group “Orgone” will perform from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Here is what's happening Saturday afternoon at the GON.

  • 12 p.m. / Grand Entry of Dancers / Flag Song / Invocation / Introductions.

  • 1 p.m. / Competition singing & dancing / Hand Drum contest.

  • 2:30 p.m. / Special contest / Golden Age Walk-around.

  • 3 p.m. / Special contest / Women's Jingle USA vs. Canada.

  • 5 p.m. / Gourd Dancing / LaDonna Harris honored.