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In Iroquois tradition, the Spirit

Medicine Man was blessed with

healing powers in response to

his love of living things. One

day, he encountered a stranger

and faced him in competition to

see who could move a moun-

tain.

The stranger made the moun-

tain shake, but did not have

enough faith to move it.

Spirit Medicine Man suddenly

moved the mountain and hit

the stranger in the face with it,

leaving the stranger disfigured.

Spirit Medicine Man then

healed the stranger and taught

him the ways of medicine. The

stranger became a great healer

known as “Old Broken Nose.”

He also is known as “False

Face” and the “Great Face.”

The False Face mask is a re-

vered item and is considered to

be living by the Iroquois people.

It is fed with tobacco.

The False Face Society per-

forms ceremonies to promote

healing and health for the peo-

ple. The ceremonies are central

to the Iroquois culture and are

held during the spring, fall and

midwinter. Special ceremonies

are held whenever a sick indi-

vidual requires the ceremony.

The False Face mask is sacred

to the Iroquois, and while the

mask in our possession has not

been blessed, it is held with

deep respect for the people and

their tradition.

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Old Broken Nose

A Carving by Todd Longboat

(Cayuga)

and Canada join together to

participate in the event.

In addition to the colorful

dance events, trading of inter-

cultural traditions and crafts by

over 800 artists, crafters and

traders make this one of the

largest Indian markets in the

country.

While Gathering of Nations

may be best known for its pow

wow, the non-profit organiza-

tion also funds scholarships for

Native American students at

the University of New Mexico,

as well as develops instructional

materials on Indian history and

culture for elementary and sec-

ondary schools. The organiaza-

tion also sponsors the Miss

Indian World competition held

annually at the Gathering Of

Nations Pow Wow.

Each April, the University of

New Mexico comes alive with

the vibrancy of Native Ameri-

can Culture.

The 24th annual edition of the

famed event will be held April

26 through 28 this year.

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native

American / Indian dancers and

singers representing over 500

tribes from the United States

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