SALAMANCA – For the 25th year, the Seneca Nation will celebrate native culture during the annual Pow Wow in Veterans Park from Friday through Sunday.
This year’s event is in honor the late Marvin “Joe” Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation’s Snipe Clan and a native of the Cattaraugus Territory. Curry was a member of Iroquois Post 1587, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Navy veteran, served two tours of duty in Korea and also in Vietnam. He also served on USS Little Rock, currently docked on the Buffalo waterfront.
The Pow Wow draws members of tribes from around the U.S. and Canada, steeped in dress, dance and drums, and competing in several events. The schedule:
• Friday: 5 p.m., Clayton Logan, veteran Seneca dancer, will participate in a gift exchange with members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, represented by Dan King, commander of the Oneida VFW post.; 7 p.m., Grand Entry, featuring the color and pageantry of all participants; immediately followed by the Smoke Dance competition, all ages, first round of the drum contest, and first round of Fancy Dance competition. Events wind up at 10.
• Saturday, 10 a.m., gates open, vendors; 11 a.m., Veterans Honor Presentation, by Iroquois Post 1587; noon, Grand Entry, featuring welcoming addresses by nation and city officials followed by Smoke Dance competition and singing, and second round of Fancy Dance and Intertribal dances; 5 p.m., the hand drum contest; 6, special event, Remember the Removal, in memory of members of the Seneca Nation removed from tribal lands, including the Kinzua Dam relocation; Grand Entry, 7, followed by the next round of Smoke Dance and Drum Dance, and special Chicken dance, conducted by head male dancer Garret Henry. Events for the day draw to a close at 10.
• Sunday – 10 a.m., gates open; noon, Grand Entry; followed by final rounds of all competitions; 6 p.m., awards.