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
Shinnecock Old Timers Chat Of Former Days In The Old Church

Collection: Patchogue-Medford Library – Digital PML

Date: 1944

Type of Material: Photograph

Source: Scanned from the original photograph which is 10 inches in width and 8 inches in height. https://digitalpml.pmlib.org/search.php?search=item&item=341

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 is an interesting study of two Shinnecock Indians as they chatted together in the old church back in 1944.
Charles S. Bunn and Fred Smith recall some amusing instances of yesteryear in their informal get-together. I have always found that older Indians among many tribes are only too willing to talk to the young people if only they show an interest in the older traditions. Time and time again I have seen the culture of Eastern Tribes lost merely because young folks had no time to bother with the older ones.
As the last remaining speaker of my own native Catawba Language, I can testify to this situation. My knowledge of the older Catawba tradition was the language was passed on to me by my grandfather because I followed him everywhere and was ready to listen to anything that he had to say. In my visits to other tribes, it was always the older people that I sought out and thus I have learned what I know from them.
No doubt these two old Shinnecocks pictured here could have contributed much to the young people if they had but taken some interest in these matters”


1 comment

  1. Did Fred Smith carve decoys as well? I’m curious if there are photos of decoys being sold in Shinnecock stores and roadside stands. Thank you!

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