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
Laura Avis Williams Horton, 1920s

Collection: Rogers Memorial Library – Digital Collection https://myrml.zenfolio.com/p856759042/h38261330#hef5c3bc

Date: 1920

Type of Material: Photograph

Source: Unknown

Language: English

Coverage/Location: Yaphank, NY

Creator: Unknown

Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction


Laura Avis Williams Horton, 1920’s.

She is standing in front of a 1939(?) mural of Paul Cuffee, Shinnecock Preacher by  Robert G. Herbert – (Courtesy Jim “Zak” Szakmary).

Two WPA(Work Progress Administration) murals by Robert Gaston Herbert (1873 – 1954)  were painted for what was originally the Suffolk Home in Yaphank, NY, and is now a Suffolk County office building. One mural is a historically accurate depiction of Rev. Paul Cuffee, an Indian preacher, preaching to colonists and Indians. Each measure roughly 10’x10′. 8

Robert Gaston Herbert was active/lived in Long Island, New York, and also lived in Ohio, where he was born. Robert Herbert is known for marine paintings, commercial art, wood carvings.

Photo colorized


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