Falls Church resident George Gillette will be Head Young Man Dancer at the 2015 Gathering of the Nations in Alberquerque, NM., the Gathering of the Nations organization announced last week. The event, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in North America, will bring together tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada from next Thursday, April 23 – next Saturday, April 25.
As the head young man dancer, Gillette will join the head young lady dancer and the head man and head lady dancer in representing all dancers at the powwow and leading the Grand Entry of all dancers into the WisePies Arena during the powwow. According to a press release from the Gathering of the Nations, the head dancers are selected for the position based on their knowledge of traditions, their outstanding dancing experience and notoriety on the powwow circuit.
“I am really grateful for this honor to be Head Young Man Dancer at Gathering of Nations, one of the biggest powwows in the world,” Gillette said. “I can’t wait to see my family and friends who will be there.” For more information, visit gatheringofthenations.com.