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Digital  "September 17-18, 2004"

Drum circle during powwow at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Four soldiers from the 120th Engineer Combat Battalion (headquartered in Okmulgee, Oklahoma) wearing ribbon shirts made from found materials at the base, and using a drum fashioned from a 55-gallon oil drum cut in half and covered with canvas from a sleeping cot (NMAI object 265148.000). Behind them is a flag procession and fellow soldiers looking on.

Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian

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American Indians, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Long Island Indians, Muskogee (Creek), Native Americans, Non-Indian, North America, Northeast, Oklahoma Cherokee, Oklahoma Choctaw, Shinnecock, Southeast, Southeastern Uplands, Woodlands


Al Fallujah


Al Anbar Province



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Master Sergeant Chuck Boers joined the US Army in 1982 and has been a member of the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera Unit) since 1993. While on leave from his regular duties, he documented the Al Taqaddum Inter-Tribal Powwow, September 17-18, 2004, in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, held by the U.S. Army's 120th Engineer Combat Battalion (headquartered in Okmulgee, Oklahoma). This digital image donated to NMAI by Battalion members and their chaplain, Sergeant Debra K. Mooney (Oklahoma Choctaw), in 2005.

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