Photo Gallery: Capturing the Seneca Pow Wow, One Smoke Dance at a Time

Photo Gallery: Capturing the Seneca Pow Wow, One Smoke Dance at a Time

By: 
Cliff Matias
7/31/12

The Seneca Pow Wow, held on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 on the Seneca Allegheny Reservation in upstate New York brought more than 800 dancers from across the U.S. and Canada.  The highlights of the weekend, choosing from many, had to be the Iroquois Smoke Dance contests and the Jackie Bowen Jingle Dress Old Style special.

Old Style Jingle Dress is a dance style which is rarely done on the pow wow circuit by younger dancers. Many are drawn to the more contemporary style of dance, which has dancers doing fast exciting foot work similar to Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance. In old style, the dancers use no feathers, do not carry a purse only have but a  single scarf in their hand. This style is well respected on the pow wow circuit today, as well as many of the old style traditional dances.

It was a wonderful day. I was happy to be there with my trusty camera.

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