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Dance and drum competitions highlight weekend Veterans Pow Wow in Salamanca

A celebration of Native American culture – featuring spirited dance and drum competitions and a 100-mile motorcycle ride – will highlight this weekend’s Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Pow Wow in Salamanca.

The three-day event, starting at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing through 6 p.m. Sunday, will be held at Veterans Park in Salamanca.

The gates open at 5 p.m. Friday with the Veterans Welcoming Ceremony, followed by the 7 p.m. Grand Entry. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m., with the Grand Entry scheduled for noon each day. Admission is free on Friday, while weekend admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors; veterans and military personnel will be admitted free.

The pow wow is named in memory of Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Snipe Clan, who served with the U.S. Navy in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He later served as ship superintendent of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park before retiring in 1997. He died in 2010.