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Colorful tradition shared at Oneida

Annual powwow features competitive dancers and drummers

11:20 PM, Jul. 5, 2013

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As the sun set low in the sky, the eagle staff led the powwow dancers into the grassy arena outside the Oneida Norbert Hill Center.

As bells jingled on dresses, a drum beat steadily as dancers entered the arena Friday at 7 p.m. for the grand entry of the 41st annual Oneida Pow-Wow.

The powwows today usually take place in the summer and are a competition for dancers, drummers and singers. Men, women and children can participate in a variety of different dances that include the Smoke Dance, men's Fancy, and men and women Woodland Style. It is a social and family gathering for some families who travel ...

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