Shinnecock Photo Project attempts to reinforce our connection to the land and aims to present ourselves in a web-based portraiture platform. This project is led by enrolled Shinnecock Indian Nation tribal member photographer Jeremy Dennis.

The Shinnecock Portrait Project is made possible with Special thanks to MDOC Storyteller’s Institute hosted at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, in June 2018.


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Legacy Photos
Harry William (Chief War Hawk) and Albert Ashman (Sitting Bull) colorized

Collection: Patchogue-Medford Library DIGITAL PML https://digitalpml.pmlib.org/search.php?search=item&item=340

Date: 1966

Type of Material: Photograph

Source: Scanned from the original photograph which is 10 inches in height and 8 inches in width.

Language: English

Coverage/Location: Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton, N.Y. (Town)

Creator: Red Thunder Cloud [Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West]

Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction


The caption reads: “This is an extremely rare photo of two men representing past and present generations at the Shinnecock Reservation in 1966. Ethnologically the photo has a unique value because it proves the fact that there are among the current generation of the Long Island some excellent types of American Indians in spite of the ever increasing inter-marriage with the Negro Race.
The young man on the left is Harry Williams (Chief War Hawk) one of the current trustees of the reservation and who is in charge of the Indian Concessions at the annual Shinnecock Pow Wow. Pictured next to him is Albert Ashaman (Sitting Bull) a Shinnecock-Montauk about whom the story is related in photo 22.”


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