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Dreamstarter Jeremy Dennis prepares to present On This Site this summer!

5/19/17 in Shinnecock Reservation, Long Island, NY under Dreamstarter






Shinnecock Reservation, Long Island, NY

On This Site is being prepared for presentation this summer! If unable to attend, please check out the project website, , for updates on new sites that will be continuously added and updated.

Currently, there are three photography exhibitions planned for this summer on Long Island, NY. The first will take place at the Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center on the edge of the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, NY. The opening date for this event is Saturday, June 24, 2017. 

On July 15th, the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, NY will also have an opening featuring more images from the project.

Finally, this summer, Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY will feature sacred sites in their exhibition space starting October 25th. Invitations for these events will be sent out soon!

I would like to give thanks to Running Strong for American Indian Youth and the many contributors who have helped make this essential project possible! Here are images from the process…




Sharing images from the project with Shinnecock Youth Council who had many great questions and suggestions going forward! It was great to witness a reconnection between these historical landscapes and the youth of my community. I encouraged them to be part of the project in the future.




Learning the Matinecock tribal history from Tecumseh Cesar and Donna Marie Barron. The Matinecock are located in Littleneck, NY, which has a rich indigenous history, but many of the sites we visited and discussed were destroyed during city development.

Shinnecock Artist Shane Weeks and Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug in Mastic NY at Mastic Beach. We spent the day touring the area of sacred and historical sites to preserve their diverse oral stories. Many of the sites were located on the edge of the water, which were chosen for the 

A new historical marker that recognizes the site as ‘sacred’ was installed in 2017 for one of Shinnecocks most well-known and celebrated cultural and historical figure, Reverend Paul Cuffee.

I am incredibly humbled to have been given access to research and objects in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum Archive, the National Museum for the American Indian Cultural Resource Center, the NY State Museum in Albany, the NY State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Societies throughout Long Island.

This week, my mentor Professor Lonnie Graham and I are printing the images to be shown this summer!


Working on this project has been such a meaningful experience. Introducing the project to new groups and individuals has always been met with encouragement and has resulted in new connections between indigenous people and their history, and local towns and communities. 

The project has been successful in its goal to create an awareness of a continued indigenous presence on Long Island, NY, and the concluding exhibitions this summer will grant an opportunity for many curious guests and contributors to come together to celebrate this fact.

Thanks again to the Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Billy Mills for making this all possible!


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