Category: 2020 Pow Wow

Annual Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Powwow Cancelled Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Response for 2020

ALLEGANY TERRITORY, SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Lingering concerns over the sustained nationwide COVID-19 response has prompted organizers of the annual Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Powwow to cancel the event for 2020.

The Seneca Nation has presented the annual celebration of Native American culture for the past 30 years. The powwow, which features a series of exhilarating dance and drum competitions, attracts competitors and visitors from across the United States and Canada. It is one of the largest powwow celebrations in the northeast.

“The powwow is about community, our community here on the Seneca Territory and the community of friends and families who join us each year from throughout Indian Country,” said Seneca Nation Councilor Tina Abrams, co-chair of the Powwow committee. “With everyone’s best interest in mind, the right decision is to suspend our celebration until we can again welcome everyone from far and wide back to Salamanca next year.”

The powwow honors Native American veterans and is named in honor
of Marvin “Joe” Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Snipe Clan, who led a long and distinguished career of military service in the United States Navy, serving two tours of duty in the Korean War and also serving in the Vietnam War.

Abrams is thankful for the devotion and commitment of the committee members and said the powwow committee will soon begin planning for a 2021 celebration.

“Every community is adjusting to this worldwide situation. We are disappointed, but we know this is the right decision,” Abrams said. “The dancers will dance, the drums will sound, and we will all raise our voices in song again next year.”

COVID-19 & 2020 Marvin Joe Curry Powwow

The Seneca Nation is responsible for the health and safety of our community and visitors.  We are closely monitoring the situation and taking all recommended pre-cautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  In the event that it becomes necessary, the Seneca Nation and the MJC Powwow Committee will make a determination whether or not it is in the public interest to hold this year’s annual Powwow.  At this point, it is too early to make that determination. We will continue to monitor the situation, nya:weh.

2020 MJC Veterans Powwow: General Info Flyer

2020 MJCV Powwow: New Location & Grand Entry Times

Location: Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino

Dates: July 17-19, 2020

Grand Entry times:

Friday – 6pm
Saturday – Noon
Sunday – Noon

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