The Worlds Biggest Pow Wow Celebrating Kavika's Birthday - The Gathering of Nations Albuquerque NM

  
By:  kavika  •  7 months ago  •  64 comments

The Worlds Biggest Pow Wow Celebrating Kavika's Birthday - The Gathering of Nations Albuquerque NM

The forth week of April is nearing and the worlds biggest Pow Wow, The Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque NM is set for April 25th, 26th and 27th. 

Of course my birthday is on the 24th and the 26th of April and they are a year apart. I know this may sound strange to you non Indian folks but many Indians have more than one birth date. Mine happen to be the 24th and the 26th of April and also a year apart. It adds to  my mystique. 

It's really nice to be recognized with the Worlds biggest Pow Wow...Tens of thousands of people will be there and it's one of the few times in a public gathering that I'm not a minority. 

750 tribes from the Americas will be there with thousands of tribal members and other folks. We believe in Gakina Awiiya (we are all related) at this festival...

The regalia is impressive to say the least and the food, OMG to die for. A lot of 49 going on with great music, both traditional native, pop, blues and rock. 

And the dancing is spectacular. From the Men's Fancy Dance to the Woman's Fancy Shawl Dance. Two days of dance contests. There are art exhibits, food courts, cultural discussions, history at it's finest. 

Ya'll are invited and it's customary to bring a present for my birthday. In  case you're not able to attend you can sent a present or money donation to:

I.M. Red 

1 Zhooniyaakwe (Money Lady) Trail

Red Earth MN. 

Some photos of past ''Gathering of Nations''

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This is a video of the Men's Fancy Dance contest.


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Kavika
1  author  Kavika     7 months ago

Besides having two birth dates, Indians can have more than one name. 

My traditional Ojibwe name is Aminikii Zaagijiwan (Thunder flows from the River)

I'm also multi cultural. I attended a Jewish Sadar earlier this evening. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @1    7 months ago

Does that mean we should send you TWO birthday presents?

If you have more than one name, can you vote more than once?

Was the horse radish spicy enough to cause tears?

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    7 months ago

Yes, yes and yes.jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png  

 
 
 
1stwarrior
1.1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    7 months ago

But Buzz, what he's not telling you is that he is also TWICE as old as everyone else because of the two b'days.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1.4  author  Kavika   replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.2    7 months ago

Well if that's true than I've surpassed the oldest Native American, Kahbe nagwi wens (John Smith) an Ojibwe from Cass Lake MN. who lived to be 140 years old. 

I'm now the oldest ever. LOLOLOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1.2    7 months ago

Yes, of course - I never thought of that. Was Methusaleh a Native American?

 
 
 
Nona62
1.2  Nona62  replied to  Kavika @1    7 months ago

What an amazing dance Chief !!   You have some REALLY good moves....(maybe it was the Fry Bread )!!

Thanks for sharing this special video.  The  outfits are gorgeous!!

 
 
 
Enoch
1.3  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @1    7 months ago

Me too (On the Seder).

Enoch

 
 
 
pat wilson
2  pat wilson    7 months ago

So colorful !

Love the Batman headdress on the boy.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1  author  Kavika   replied to  pat wilson @2    7 months ago
Love the Batman headdress on the boy.

Not traditional but kids will be kids, thank goodness.jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
TTGA
2.2  TTGA  replied to  pat wilson @2    7 months ago
Love the Batman headdress on the boy.

Maybe the kid was channeling Adam West.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.2.1  author  Kavika   replied to  TTGA @2.2    7 months ago

I'm told that the kid did a great job channeling Adam West...jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3  1stwarrior    7 months ago

If you've never been to/seen a large pow-wow, you are really missing an exciting time in your life - not to mention the greatest fry-breads on earth.

 
 
 
Uptownchick
3.1  Uptownchick  replied to  1stwarrior @3    7 months ago

My aunt and uncle took me to one in western Michigan when I was probably around 9 or 10...and you're right 1st, the first time I ever tried fry-bread...amazing! 

 
 
 
Kavika
3.1.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Uptownchick @3.1    7 months ago

Why did I know that you'd be a fry bread lover...LOL

 
 
 
Uptownchick
3.1.2  Uptownchick  replied to  Kavika @3.1.1    7 months ago

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Vic Eldred
3.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @3    7 months ago

I like the setting. Is this gathering always in Albuquerque?

 
 
 
Kavika
3.2.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2    7 months ago
I like the setting. Is this gathering always in Albuquerque?

Yes, it's always in Albuquerque. This is the 35th or 36th year in a row.

 
 
 
Kavika
3.3  author  Kavika   replied to  1stwarrior @3    7 months ago
f you've never been to/seen a large pow-wow, you are really missing an exciting time in your life - not to mention the greatest fry-breads on earth.

And there are none larger than the ''Gathering of Nations'' Thousands and thousands of people and dozens of variations of frybread based on the different tribes. 

 
 
 
cjcold
3.4  cjcold  replied to  1stwarrior @3    7 months ago

Used to compete in black powder shoots in Colorado and everybody of all races showed up.

Threw knives and hawks with American Indians, Americanized Japanese, rednecks and mountain hippies.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4  Raven Wing    7 months ago

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

One for each Birthday (grin)

I have attended several POW WOW's over the years, some here in So Calif, and some in Virginia while I lived there for a 4 years. They were very impressive, but, not near as big as the one in NM. There were always many different Tribes represented there, and lots of great foods, various Tribal exhibits, and wonderful different Tribal dances and regalia. They had different drummers and singers from various Tribes, which made it even more interesting. 

It was interesting to see so many non-Natives there that also enjoyed the events and food. The folks at the Fry Bread booth were working their tails off with all the many customers. (grin) 

 
 
 
Kavika
4.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @4    7 months ago
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Thanks and thanks...There is nothing like a Pow Wow and the Gathering of Nations sure is one of the very best. The amount of people that show up for this one is amazing. The closest to anything this size would be the ''Red Earth'' Pow Wow in Oklahoma. 

 
 
 
dave-2693993
5  dave-2693993    7 months ago

Need to put this on the calendar for next year.

P.S. As Raven Wing said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1  author  Kavika   replied to  dave-2693993 @5    7 months ago
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Thanks and thanks, dave. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6  Perrie Halpern R.A.    7 months ago

                                      

Happy Birthday2

That's happy birthday squared to one of our favorite brothers! Have two great birthdays! 

Going to a Pow Wow is so much fun. I go to the one thrown by the Shinnecock, which is the 3rd largest in the nation, and here on Long Island. Seems that fly bread is the one thing that all Indians love. It's our pizza or bagels. 

 
 
 
Kavika
6.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6    7 months ago
That's happy birthday squared to one of our favorite brothers! Have two great birthdays! 

Thank you, thank you....Send money...LOLOL

Seems that fly bread is the one thing that all Indians love. It's our pizza or bagels. 

If you find an Indian that doesn't like fry bread, his or her Indian card is revoked...LOL

 
 
 
1stwarrior
6.1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Kavika @6.1    7 months ago

And don't forget the "original" pizza - Indian Tacos - fry bread with ground buffalo meat, 'maters, letus, sum onions and a dash of warm spices.

OMG - now I've gotta find a pow wow.

 
 
 
Kavika
6.1.2  author  Kavika   replied to  1stwarrior @6.1.1    7 months ago
OMG - now I've gotta find a pow wow.

The Gathering of Nations isn't that far from ya, 1st..

 
 
 
Uptownchick
7  Uptownchick    7 months ago

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Kavika
7.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Uptownchick @7    7 months ago
Seems that fly bread is the one thing that all Indians love. It's our pizza or bagels. 

Thanks Uppy.  

 
 
 
cjcold
7.1.1  cjcold  replied to  Kavika @7.1    7 months ago

Love fry bread with butter and maple syrup.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
7.1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  cjcold @7.1.1    7 months ago

Best fry bread has powdered sugar and honey on it.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
7.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Uptownchick @7    7 months ago

Wow Uppy - you sure come up with some absolutely gorgeous memes.

'Course, none are too good for our Leader, eh???

 
 
 
KDMichigan
8  KDMichigan    7 months ago

Happy expulsion from the womb day Kavika.

 
 
 
Kavika
8.1  author  Kavika   replied to  KDMichigan @8    7 months ago
Happy expulsion from the womb day Kavika.

Thanks, I think...LOLOLOL

 
 
 
cjcold
8.1.1  cjcold  replied to  Kavika @8.1    7 months ago

Mom told me that my birthday was one of the best days of her life because she was tired of being fat.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
8.1.2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  cjcold @8.1.1    7 months ago

I think I can relate, I once gave birth to a 24 oz tomahawk ribeye

 
 
 
Kavika
8.1.3  author  Kavika   replied to  cjcold @8.1.1    7 months ago

LOL, good one cjcold.

 
 
 
Kavika
8.1.4  author  Kavika   replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @8.1.2    7 months ago

I'm getting close to going spear fishing again....jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
9  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    7 months ago

Happy Birthday homeslice. It's been an absolute pleasure interacting with you and your group on this site!

A couple close calls and near misses with that tomahawk of yours but it's been fun.

Have a great day!

 
 
 
Kavika
9.1  author  Kavika   replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @9    7 months ago
Happy Birthday homeslice. It's been an absolute pleasure interacting with you and your group on this site!

homeslice..LMAO, that isn't one of my many names, but hey it works. 

Thanks BF, most appreciated. 

 
 
 
CB
9.1.1  CB   replied to  Kavika @9.1    7 months ago

" Homeslice" yeah, I remember when I first got 'fit' with that one and it was "danger" fish who lopped it at me. (I had to look it up!) It is a compliment. And boy did I 'hoot'!

Urban Dictionary: home slice
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=home%20slice
synonomous to "homie". def 1: means good friend or buddy def 2: means someone who seems like a little slice of home, thus home slice.

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
9.1.2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  CB @9.1.1    7 months ago

Don't slangsplain me Homeskillet!

 
 
 
CB
10  CB     7 months ago

Happy Birthday, Kavika! 

In my opinion, the only thing equal to watching a great male and female dance team, is to watch the power of a man who is giving his all to the dance. I love those Indian men showing off their hearts and steps! Just love it. Now, as you know, it is my tradition to never leave well enough alone so here is "somemore."

Good 'clean' fun! The first video 'pains' my achy feet. And that second one. . . well, see for yourself!

 
 
 
Kavika
10.1  author  Kavika   replied to  CB @10    7 months ago

Now  that is amazing CB.

 
 
 
CB
10.1.1  CB   replied to  Kavika @10.1    7 months ago

Good heavens! These bodies of ours have so much potential! And that's before adding the mind potential! Thank you for playing along and having a good time of it on your 'day' - Kavika!

 
 
 
CB
11  CB     7 months ago

Okay, 'it's your birthday! Here's your birthday 'medicine,' Kavika! Stay young at heart, my friend!

Enjoy!!!

 
 
 
Kavika
11.1  author  Kavika   replied to  CB @11    7 months ago

Oh my, I am enjoying CB, thanks.

 
 
 
CB
11.1.1  CB   replied to  Kavika @11.1    7 months ago

I loved it! She has great dance symmetry. The beauty of dance is its balance.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
12  Steve Ott    7 months ago

Looks like its going to be a great party. Happy Birthday Kavika.

 
 
 
Kavika
12.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Steve Ott @12    7 months ago

Thanks Steve. 

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
13  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    7 months ago

It's time for our Easter tradition, stoner scrabble.

Yep that's right, scrabble and weed.

Amazingly the word points are higher too.

Have a great Easter.

Have a good birthday Kavika!

 
 
 
KatPen
14  KatPen    7 months ago

Happy Birthday, twice!  

 
 
 
Kavika
14.1  author  Kavika   replied to  KatPen @14    7 months ago

Thanks and thanks, kat. 

 
 
 
PJ
15  PJ    7 months ago

Darn!  I will miss your celebration by about two weeks.  I'm traveling there in mid May for the national tribal public health summit. 

Happy Birthday Kavika!!!!! 

 
 
 
Kavika
15.1  author  Kavika   replied to  PJ @15    7 months ago

Thanks PJ, 

Have a great time at the tribal public health summit. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
16  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    7 months ago

Rumor has it that on your second birthday, you are supposed to buy everyone else gifts.  I'll take an autographed copy of your most recent portrait, please.

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Kavika
16.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @16    7 months ago

OMG, where did you get that photo of me...

Pssst, check the next UPS delivery....LOL

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
16.1.1  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  Kavika @16.1    7 months ago

SMAAB is always trying to get the package. Be careful......

 
 
 
CB
16.2  CB   replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @16    7 months ago

I have been sitting here (since early morning) trying to remember where I was when this, . . .gorgeous black, red, and white blanket first entered my consciousness (and why I can't locate the long-lost article now) and it came to me that it was in a group I disbanded—erroneously and clearly and uh-uh! The thread 'broke' and I remember I was so caught off guard that I was left sputtering and disoriented in demeanor! 'Sister' was there to 'testify'.

All I can say now is, "Back in the day, . . . ." I will leave it up to the imagination to consider whose days I am referring. Well, I did mention something above about the importance of symmetry. Kavika! This picture of you is a study in "two halves."

Don't Hate - Appreciate.

 
 
 
Enoch
17  Enoch    7 months ago

Dear Brother Kavika: In honor of your two birthdays Jays Diner has agreed to clean the coffee urns twice annually.

For 72 hours afterwards the coffee is a liquid.

E.

 
 
 
Kavika
17.1  author  Kavika   replied to  Enoch @17    7 months ago
In honor of your two birthdays Jays Diner has agreed to clean the coffee urns twice annually.

So for 72 hours the coffee doesn't bounce when it hits the floor...Works for me..jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
pat wilson
18  pat wilson    7 months ago

It's almost your 4/24 Birthday so Happy Happy Birthday !!

So I do this again on 4/26 ?

 
 
 
Kavika
18.1  author  Kavika   replied to  pat wilson @18    7 months ago
It's almost your 4/24 Birthday so Happy Happy Birthday !! So I do this again on 4/26 ?

Thank you and yes, again on the 26th....

 
 
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