Shinnecock, People of the Stony Shore Photo Project attempts to reinforce our connection to the land and aims to present ourselves in a web-based portraiture platform.
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.
Collection: Patchogue-Medford Library DIGITAL PML
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=362
Creator: Red Thunder Cloud [Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West]
Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction
The caption reads:
“The name Lee became a family one at Shinnecock when James Lee, a southern Negro married Roxanna Bunn, a Shinnecock Indian. The Lee family has been one of the most well known among the tribe. The Lees were a fine looking people who inherited the physical traits of the Shinnecock Indians.
Among the famous Shinnecock whalers of yesteryear were Milton Lee, Robert Lee, Garrison Lee and Ferdinand Lee who was skipper of “The Bark Amethyst” which became lost in the Arctic seas. Other well known members of this family were Linfield, Lubin, Harriet, Mary Ester, Della, Ferdinand, Belmont, and Robert. This family is still represented among today’s Shinnecocks.
This photo of Emma Jane Lee shows a handsome woman with a very proud and strong face, typical of the Shinnecocks of past generations.”