Strong & Proud Series by Scott Denny

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This series was taken at the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin 37th Annual Pow Wow. Dancers come from around the United States and Canada to particpate in this July 4th weekend celebration of strenght and endurance.

The Oneida settled in Wisconsin around the 1820’s. By 1838 the Treaty the Oneida was signed identifying a reservation of a little over 66,000 acres.

The US Government was not satisfied with secluding Indian tribes to reservations. In 1891 the Dawes Allottment Act was passed which took away land owership from the tribe as a whole and divided it amongst its members.

The effect?

The land granted to most allottees was not sufficient for economic viability, and division of land between heirs upon the allottees’ deaths resulted in land fractionalization. Most allotment land, which could be sold after a statutory period of 25 years, was eventually sold to non-Native buyers at bargain prices. Additionally, land deemed to be “surplus” beyond what was needed for allotment was opened to white settlers, though the profits from the sales of these lands were often invested in programs meant to aid the American Indians. Native Americans lost, over the 47 years of the Act’s life, about 90 million acres (360,000 km²) of treaty land, or about two-thirds of the 1887 land base. About 90,000 Indians were made landless.

As years passed the Oneida went from owning a little over 66,000 acres to owning as little as around 200 acres. Today we own near 23,000 acres of the original land.

Prior to the settling of Europeans, natives,of later known America, occupied land but did not own it. In the 1800’s indigenous people paid with thier lives, dignity, integrity, and identity only to be placed on reservations that had land they could not hunt or farm with any respectful success. They life they had known for centuries was gone.

Attending a pow-wow gives you a glimpse of indigenous ways. It is a celebration of strength and the ability to endure.

Although my spirtiual beliefs differ from the Oneida way, I am proud to be Oneida. I am proud to be a descendant of those indigenous to the land called the USA.

As an Oneida, I am proud that our people have stood by the side of the US Governement in every single war. Although I have never served, I am proud. The Oneida have always strived to be good neighbors.

If you ever get a chance to attend a pow-wow, do so. The natives dancing are direct descendants of the native people originally occupying this land called the USA.

Before there were African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, there were the indigenous people of this land.

They paid dearly as this land was overtaken and converted to the USA. Nevertheless, even though we do not get the air play like other minorites, we stand strong and proud.

Thank you.


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Scott is a self taught photographer that loves to share the moments in time he captures with his camera. Having a preference for wildlife and nature, Scott keeps his work diverse by photographing a variety of subjects.

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  • eaglewatcher
    eaglewatcheralmost 5 years ago

    Scott, your work is stunning — incredible imagery and history

  • Thank you very much Mike. I am very pleased with this series. It has been very popular and also educational to many. I appreciate your taking the time to view and comment.

    – Scott Denny

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertalmost 5 years ago

    This is so fantastic..I love this.

  • Thank you very much. Please do check out more of the series and some of my other work.

    – Scott Denny

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely amazing portrait! Moving and informative commentary! I have been to a few pow wows, unfortunately a few years back in Ontario, and was always mesmerized by the beautiful spirit and grace of the dancers!

  • Thank you very much. I am very happy to have put this series together and added the narrative. I am proud to be an Oneida.

    – Scott Denny

  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantalmost 5 years ago

    What a handsome young man, Scott! Love the softness of the effect you put on this too. Looks great in B&W

  • Thank you very much. I appreciate your taking time to comment.

    – Scott Denny

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 5 years ago

    This series is offers such a wonderful look into the beautiful culture of the Native people..
    Well done…

  • EchoNorth
    EchoNorthalmost 5 years ago

    This is marvelous- great sense of motion!

  • Nora Caswell
    Nora Caswellalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    A stunning shot Scott

  • Thank you very much.

    – Scott Denny

  • Trish Hamilton
    Trish Hamiltonalmost 5 years ago

    This is fantastic!

  • Thank you. I hope you get a chance to view some of my other pieces.

    – Scott Denny

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your image has been

  • Thank you so much. Did not see that one coming. You have been very supportive of my work…Thank you!

    – Scott Denny

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