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
Janet Barnes 1943

Collection: Patchogue-Medford Library Digital PML

Date: 1943

Type of Material: Photograph

Source: Scanned from the original photograph which is 10 inches in height and 8 inches in width. https://digitalpml.pmlib.org/search.php?search=item&item=355

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 photo of Janet Barnes was taken in 1943, at the annual June meeting of the Shinnecocks, which was held at the church, the first Sunday in June. Members of the Tribe from far and near attended. In former days members used to go from house to house to partake of delicious foods after the church services.
It is interesting here to compare the June meeting of the Shinnecocks with that of the August meeting of the Narragansetts of Rhode Island. The Narragansett meeting is held on the second Saturday and Sunday in August at the Little Stone Indian Church deep in Charlestown Woods. Indian dress is worn by many, with tribal ceremonies taking place. By contrast, no Indian apparel is worn at the Shinnecocks, and no Indian Rituals are observed at this meeting.
Janet Barnes is now a grown young lady and assists with serving food at the Annual Shinnecock Pow Wow held on Labor Day weekend.”


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