On the Road #14 April 26, 2002, Albuquerque, NM,
Gathering of Nations
From: Joe & Nancy Sue, Harry & Donna, On the Road,
Friday, April 26 (Albuquerque, NM):
  Today we went to the "Gathering of Nations" at "The Pit" on the University of New Mexico.  The Pit is the UNM basketball stadium and is so named because, when you go in at ground level, you are at the top of the bleachers and the floor is way down below.  We were there from 10AM til 4PM when the bleacher seats got too hard for us to continue.  The program went on until 2AM. 

      They had a flute player to start it off and then the drummers contest.  Then there were several different dance contests for different ages.  The costumes were very beautiful, colorful and spectacular.  They must have cost a fortune.  The drummers and dancers were very talented.  We didn't really understand the dances but it was still interesting to watch.  There were several drummers at each of several huge drums, they were all in perfect sync as were the feet of the dancers. 

      In the afternoon, an older Native American couple came in and sat down by Harry, who struck up a conversation with him.  It turned out he had just returned from Washington, DC where he was awarded a medal by Pres. Bush.  He was one of 2 surving members of the famous "Code Talkers" of WWII, who are getting belated recognition of their service in the war. 

While we were there, Virgie Ravenhawk, who played her flute in our motorhome, stopped by, and Joe made a picture of her with Sue and Donna.   See pictures.

Joe & Nancy Sue, Harry & Donna, On the Road, Albuquerque, NM