Smoke Dancer Iroquois Girl - by Cliff Matias
Cliff Matias
A young Smoke Dancer showing off her skillful dance moves at the Marvin Joe Curry Seneca Veteran’s Pow Wow.

8 Great Photos of Marvin Joe Curry Seneca Veteran’s Pow Wow

Cliff Matias

New York's largest pow wow lived up its reputation as dancers from across the country attended the Veterans pow wow on the Seneca Allegany Reserve in Western New York in July.  

Although the event hosted several pow wow dance styles, the highlight of the weekend for many was the Iroquois smoke dance contests and social dances.

Over 200 Iroquois dancers competed in smoke dance contests, from tiny tots to golden age.

The weekend also hosted a special tribute for Kyle Dowdy Sr., who was killed in a car crash 15 years ago, by hosting a rabbit dance special and war dance special.  

Kyle was a respected member of the community, a personal friend of mine and was known across Indian Country as a singer, dancer, educator and wonderful person.  The winner of the war dance special was Delbert Jay R Jonathan of Six Nations.  

The weekend hosted veterans groups from as far west as North Dakota and New Mexico and Native bikers from the American Legion and Redrum Motorcycle Club made generous donations to the hosting organization.

Another highlight of the weekend included bikers called into the circle to do a war dance, which brought loud cheers from the audience.  

The Seneca Veterans pow wow is a great event every 3rd weekend in July.

Here are eight amazing photos of the Marvin Joe Curry Seneca Veteran’s Pow Wow.


All photographs by ICTMN photographer Cliff Matias.

Iroquois Veterans bringing flags into grand entry.

A young smoke dancer is all smiles as she makes her way into grand entry.

There was an impressive and long line of smoke dancers for grand entry.

Male Head Dancer Keith Hill

A young Smoke Dancer showing off her skillful dance moves

Adam Nordwall goes low during the war dance special

David Smith and another young dancer in the war dance special.

Members of Redrum Motorcycle club perform a war dance


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