Nearly 3,000 indigenous dancers from across the United States and other countries participate in the first grand entry of the 33rd annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

“A lot of these dancers — most of these dancers in fact — train year-round for this first event of the year, of the powwow season,” said Larry Yazzie, a champion dancer himself and founder of Native Pride Arts. “They’re like athletes. They run, they bike, weightlifting, eat right, whatever they can to get that edge out there on the dance arena.”


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