Every April in Albuquerque, N.M., the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is held, the largest of its kind in the world. It's the home of the Miss Indian World Pageant, the Indian Trader's Market, and brings over 500 tribes together. Attendance is north of 100,000 people per year.
Last year's Gathering, the 27th, was made even more special by an album that was recorded live during the event receiving a Grammy Nomination for "Best Native American Music Album." "2010 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit's Dance" was produced by Gathering of Nations Records and features 21 songs performed by a variety of Native American musicians from all over the country. Lakota Elder Chief Leonard Crow Dog opens the album with a prayer, and then musicians from Midnite Express, Tha Tribe, Buck Wild and Hail Creek take it away.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards takes place on February 13th, and "A Spirit's Dance" is up against strong competition from Bear Creek's "XI", Northern Cree's "Temptations: Cree Round Dance Songs", and Peter Phippen's "Woodnotes Wyld". It would be an amazing feat to take home a Grammy when your recording studio was the largest Pow Wow in the world.