A two-day powwow, which is one of the largest annual gatherings of indigenous peoples in the United States, begins Friday in New Mexico.
The organizers want to make people aware of the death and disappearance of Native American women.
Melonie Mathews, whose family founded the gathering of nations in Albuquerque, said the organizers were dedicating the Miss Indian World contest to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, which has become central to federal and state legislation and legislation. last year. and demonstrations.
About 3,000 singers and dancers and 800 artisans should participate.