Cliff Matais
Men Smoke dancers show good sportsmanship after dancing at the Seneca Nation's Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow in Salamanca, N.Y., July 17-19, 2015.

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

Cliff Matias

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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