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A Beautiful Day of Honor and Dance

60th Annual Nizhoni Days Powwow

Photo by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

The University of New Mexico Kiva Club has been a voice for Native Americans in and around the university since 1955. Every spring the community gathers for Nizhoni Days, a week of performances, discussions and other events aimed at addressing Native American issues within UNM and the surrounding community, and cultivating awareness and friendship. The celebration culminates with a Powwow to honor Native American alumni and forge further alliances to continue their work.

Nizhoni is the Dine' word for beautiful. This year the 60th annual Nizhoni Days Powwow is set for Sunday, April 26, out on Johnson field with a full day of celebrations. Bring the family to join in honoring the Native American forefathers and mothers of UNM. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy the day watching many traditional dances, including the Grass Dance, Jingle Dress, Chicken Dance and Tiny Tots. There will also be a drum contest. Support the local artists and food vendors, and learn about the great things Kiva Club continues to accomplish. This event is free and open to the public. It goes from 10am to 9pm on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Girard Boulevard. UNM Johnson Field • Sun Apr 26 • 10am-9pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar