Native American dancers gather for powwow

Associated Press
Hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers pour onto the floor at University of New Mexico Arena for the grand entry during the 29th Annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, April 27, 2012. The three-day event draws more than 3,000 dancers and singers and tens of thousands of spectators. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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The start of this year's powwow season got under way April 27 as hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers crowded onto the floor of University of New Mexico Arena, each one pounding their feet in rhythm to dozens of beating drums.

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