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10 Photos: Honoring Veterans at the Seneca Nation's Annual Marvin Joe Curry Pow Wow

The Seneca Nation hosted the annual Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow in Salamanca, N.Y., July 17-19. The pow wow honors veterans, and celebrates Mr. Curry, who was a member of the Seneca Nation's Snipe Clan and was born on the Cattaraugus Territory. According to the pow wow website, Mr. Curry was a member of the Iroquois Post #1587, and began his military service in 1950, serving in Korea and Vietnam. During his active duty in the Navy, he served on eight warships, including the U. S. S. Little Rock. He retired in 1997.

Iroquois dancers from all Six Nations turned out to participate in the various smoke dance categories, such as the Memorial Smoke Dance Special; and the event also included Fancy, Grass, Traditional, Jingle and the eastern style specials. 

Besides an array of dancing and drum talent, the Redrum Motorcycle Club hosted a 100 mile benefit ride to support the pow wow. The group raised over $2,000.

Check out some of the photos from this year’s event:

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The first place winner of the Teen Traditional dance, Nicole Nordwall, shows off her unique style at the Seneca Nation's veterans pow wow.

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Iroqmenssingers: Men from all Six Nations came together to sing Iroquois social songs for guests at the pow wow.

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Iroquois women take part in the ladies shuffle dance.

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Members of the Seneca chapter of Redrum presented a check for $2,000 to the pow wow committee.

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A tiny tot shows off his smoke dance moves.

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A young dancer smiles as she participates in the teen smoke dance.

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Women's Woodlands Special winner, Verna Street dances at the Seneca Nation pow wow.

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Members of the Redrum Motorcycle Club pose for a photo.

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Dancers are all smiles at the Seneca veterans pow wow.