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 Williams Red Thunder Cloud 1943 Shinnecock Youth And A Catawba Friend (Author Of These Series) In 1943 square

Collection: Patchogue-Medford Library Digital PML

Date: 1943

Type of Material: Photograph

Source: https://digitalpml.pmlib.org/search.php?search=item&item=356

Language: English

Coverage/Location: Unknown

Creator: Red Thunder Cloud [Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West]

Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction


The caption reads:
“Those who visit the Shinnecock reservation today will find that the young man on the left, with the white sweater, is now one of the three tribal trustees who are elected by the tribe, in the Southampton Town Hall with Town Officials officiating in a ceremony held the first Tuesday in April; Trustees are elected for a one year term.
This is Harry Williams (Chief War Hawk), who is also in charge of the concessions at the annual Pow Wow held by the Shinnecocks every Labor Day Weekend.
I know Harry Williams well and sparked his interest in Indian traditions when I first visited the reservation. He was the first Shinnecock to show me around the reservation. He comes from a strong Indian line from both sides of his family and is a full-blood type. He is one of 52 Indians who served in World War II. He is married to the former Mary Davis who is also a Shinnecock. He is a hard worker and is constantly trying to better his reservation. Like most hard workers he is not fully appreciated for his efforts.”



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