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.

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Legacy Photos
Oscar Bunn

Collection: Unknown


Type of Material: Photograph

Source: Rogers Memorial Library – Shinnecock People: A Photo History Digital Collection https://myrml.zenfolio.com/p856759042/hfde79e3#hfde79e3

Language: English

Coverage/Location: Unknown

Creator: Unknown

Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction


Oscar Bunn (ca 1875 – 1917) was a Shinnecock Trustee, Professional Golfer, and woodcarving artist. He is most well known for playing in the second U.S. Open in 1896 at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club where he later worked. Among his carvings were dark-wood bows and scrub brushes.

Oscar and his wife Della Bunn’s home was one of the most modern on the reservation in the 1920s. One wing of their house was used as a dance hall and was known as Robin’s Nest, where Sam Harvey played piano and was widely known in the area.[1. Gaynell Stone, The Shinnecock Indians, pp. 282]

David Martine: “Oscar Bunn was the brother of Charles S. Bunn. He was a golf pro and played in the first U.S. Open Golf Tournament held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the 1890s.”[1. https://myrml.zenfolio.com/p856759042/hfde79e3#hfde79e3]

In 2019, a new Oscar Bunn golf facility was created on the Shinnecock Reservation funded by the USGA[1. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/articles/2020/09/oscar-bunn-facility-brings-pride-to-shinnecock-nation.html]


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