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
Wendy Gardner 1967

Collection: Rare Eastern Indian Photo Series, [Set 1] – “A Beautiful Little Shinnecock Girl Poses For A Pow Wow Photo In 1967” – PAGE 10 Patchogue-Medford Library

Date: 1967

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=336

Language: English

Coverage/Location: Unknown

Creator: Red Thunder Cloud [Cromwell Ashbie Hawkins West]

Copyright: No Known Copyright Restriction


The caption reads: “In her veins flows the blood of two tribes, the Shinnecocks of Long Island and the Wampanoags of Mashpee in Cape Cod. Wendy Gardner is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner of the Shinnecock Reservation and she shows the strong Indian heritage that she inherits from both her parents. Her father, Rodney is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Gardner. Raymond Gardner is from the Wampanoag tribe of Mashpee, Massachusetts and he married the former Effie Harvey of the Shinnecocks. His mother was Dorcas Coombs Gardner, the sister of Wallace Coomes and the daughter of Dorias Coomes of the Wampanoag tribe of Mashpee, Cape Cod. The name Coomes itself is derived from the Indian name Hiacoomes, who was a famous Sachem in the annals of Cape Cod. These are all forebears of Wendy Gardner on her fathers paternal side of the family. Her fathers mother Effie Gardner also comes from good Indian stock on the Shinnecock side. Mrs. Gardner herself was the daughter of Ernest Harvey and Lillian Harvey. Her great-grandfather’s photo appears in the Handbook of the American Indian. He was John Henry Thompson an excellent type of American Indian. Wendy’s mother, the former Doris King, also comes from good Shinnecock stock as her mother is of the Davis family. Little Wendy is the first cousin of Chantel Fenn who is shown in photo 5.”


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