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Salamanca, New York
Collecting Seneca History in Upstate New York

With a grant from the NEH, the Seneca Nation of Indians embarked on a program to preserve their history and encourage community dialogue and collaboration. At a number of major community events, including the March of the Nation, the Marvin Joe Curry Veterans Pow Wow, and the Cornplanter Descendents Reunion, the Nation invited its members to digitize historic photographs, prints, and audio-visual materials and contribute copies of the materials to the Nation’s archive. At the digitization events, elders and members in pow wow regalia were professionally photographed: their portraits and the historic items collected by the Nation were later used in “We are Seneca,” a special exhibition that was held at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.

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