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Looking Back: Great Photos of the 2016 Pow Wow Season

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Happy New Pow Wow Year! Let's Look Back at Some of the Native Dancers and Regalia of 2016!

Another pow wow season has come and gone. Thankfully Indian Country Today photographers preserved 2016 with beautiful photography.

As we embrace another upcoming pow wow season in 2017, we are taking a look back at the 2106 season with these photographs.

Happy 2017 Indian country and see you in the upcoming pow wow season!

Gathering of Nations

One of Indian country’s great photographers, Cliff Matias was on site at this year’s Gathering of Nations. He took a gorgeous range of images, most notably of Indian country’s amazing kids.

Here are great images by Matias.

27th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Pow Wow

The spirit of mothers was celebrated in dance and song at the 27th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Pow Wow in Canton, GA in May of this year. Photographer Amy Morris captured these beautiful images of the event.

Marvin Joe Curry Seneca Veteran’s Pow Wow

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 2016.

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.

Here are great images by Matias.

41st Annual Cherokee Pow Wow

Thanks again to the travels of ICMN’s Matias, we were also able to bring our readers images from the 41st annual Cherokee Pow wow, held on top of the Great Smoky Mountains every July 4th.

Dancers from across Indian country came to take part in the contests, dance among friends and get a firsthand view of Saturday night’s Cherokee War Dance Special.

New York FDR Pow Wow

ICMN’s photographer Alex Hamer was onsite this September at the 24th annual FDR Pow Wow and Native American Festival at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights, New York.

The two-day event featured dancers from both North America and South America. Some of the nations represented were the Dakota, the Haudenosaunee, the Aztecs and the Shinnecock Nation.

Here are a few great images by Hamer.

The Rocky Boy Reservation Pow Wow

The Rocky Boy Reservation in north-central Montana — home to the Chippewa Cree Tribe — observed its 100th birthday on September 7, 2016.

Thanks to ICMN’s Jackie McNeel, some great photos were captured of the 52nd annual pow wow with 800 registered competition dancers, 29 drum groups and upwards of a thousand attendees from many reservations and states including many of the tribe’s Cree relatives from Canada.

A youth pow wow was also held a day before the adult pow wow.

Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA Pow Wow

2016 marked the ninth annual pow wow for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia in Surry County Virginia. The tribe first received state recognition in the Commonwealth of Virginia on February 26, 2010.

Here are a few great images from their September 2016 pow wow.

The 2016 Stone Mountain Pow Wow

The 16th Annual Stone Mountain Indian Festival and Pow Wow was held in Georgia on Nov 3-6, 2016. ICMN photographer Amy Morris was there to capture the spectacular colors of the Fall event.

The largest Native American festival in Georgia, a vibrant pow wow hosts a dance and drum competition with over 100 participants from all over the US and Central America.

Happy New Pow Wow Year 2017!

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