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Powwow draws tens of thousands to NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — They come from Canada, both coasts of the United States and everywhere in between.

More than 3,000 Native American and indigenous dancers and singers are gathering in Albuquerque as tens of thousands of spectators join in for the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations.

Organizers bill it as one of the world's largest powwows. It features three days of dancing, native foods, crafts, jewelry and the crowing of Miss Indian World.

For Caleen Sisk, tribal chief of Northern California's Winnemem Wintu Tribe, it's also about celebrating the differences among native people. More than 500 tribes are represented at this year's event.

Sisk says the gathering reminds the rest of the nation that tribal people are still around and still practicing their traditional ways of life.

The event wraps up late Saturday with the winning dancers receiving awards.