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“My hope is that this project will create awareness of these sites and inform viewers, using the perspective of a Native American cultural vision and voice. This is where we once were, and are still here.”

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Jeremy Dennis. Photo by Cristin Millet, Penn State.

On This Site is an art-based photography project by Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis. The purpose of this project is to preserve and create awareness of culturally significant Native American locations on Long Island, New York.

I’ve always been curious about how the Shinnecock people and reservation were able to remain on Long Island, so close to where one of the major arrival areas of colonization, and why we are where we’re located now, along with where we settled before our reservation. This project presents an opportunity to reflect upon archeological and oral histories to answer these essential culturally defining questions.

My hope is to create curiosity for all audiences, as it creates a dialogue between indigenous and non-indigenous people on Long Island, and legitimizes the Long Island indigenous population beyond their borders on reservations.

By presenting the archeological research in the format of photography, it presents to the public a new understanding of communal awareness and cultural enlightenment, which leads to cultural critique, historical inquiry, and educational development.

 

This project has been possible by the contributions of:

Professor John A. Strong

Retired Professor of history at51JTCJ8VM2L._SX326_BO1204203200_ About Jeremy Dennis On This Site the Southampton College of Long Island University. He is the author of The Algonquin Peoples of Long Island from Earliest Times to 1700, and his articles have appeared in Ethnohistory, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, and the Encyclopedia of North American Indians.

John has worked closely with me to assist in research, advising and encouragement through his own work in this area.

 

Professor Lonnie Graham

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Professor of Photography at Pennsylvania State University and a cultural activist whose work addresses the integral role of the artist in society. Professor Graham is the primary mentor and adviser for the project from beginning to end.

 

Running Strong for American Indian Youth’s Dreamstarter

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Running Strong for American Indian Youth believes in the dreams of young American Indians: creating stronger communities, overcoming poverty, and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Fifty years ago, Billy Mills achieved his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and since then, he has used that victory to help him give back to the American Indian community. To celebrate Billy’s dream and his leadership, Running Strong has created the Dreamstarter grant program to help the next generation of American Indian youth make their dreams come true.

Direct Graeme Sullivan

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Director of the School of Visual Arts at Pennsylvania State University, Sullivan has assisted in the formation of the project. The Pennsylvania State University is the hosting organization that allows this project to be done.

 

Contributors

I also thank, acknowledge, and dedicate this project to the following individuals and institutions for their inspiration, support, and contributions throughout the duration of this project, and to those not currently listed that support this project going forward.

Adrienne Terry

Allison McGovern

Andrea Cote

Andrea Godoy

Andrea Meyer

Avery Dennis

Barbara Cutler

Beverly Jensen

Big Ten Network LiveBIG

Bob Stenonis

Bonnie Collura

Bridgehampton Historical Society

Cat Delgado

Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug

Chief Osceola Townsend of the Matinecock

Cholena Smith

Chris Matthews

Cristin Millet

Daniel McCarthy

Dave Thompson

David Bunn-Martine

Deb Verhoff

Diane Caracciolo

Denise Silva-Dennis

Donna Marie Barron

Donnamarie Barnes

Dorothy Dennis

Dr. Gaynell Stone

Dr. George Milner

Dr. Marcie Venter

Dr. Solari

Dyani Brown

East Hampton Historical Society

Eastville Historical Society

Esta Tierra Magazine

Eugene Cuffee

Garvies Point Museum

Gina Piastuck

Graeme Sullivan

Guild Hall of Easthampton

Helen Sells

Herbert Randall

Hope Sandrow

Ives Goddard

James Krakker

Jay Levenson

Jim McMahon

Jim “Zak” Szakmary

Joel Klein

John Eleazer

John Jermain Library

Jonathan Hanna

Josephine Smith

Julie Greene

Kelly Dennis, Esq.

Leighton Delgado

Lisa Nordstrom

Lisa Tarrant

Lora Lomuscio

Lorraine Weiss

Lubin Hunter

Lucinda Hemmick

Maria Martinez

Mark Rothenburg

Mark S. Tweedie

Matauqus Tarrant

Mike Scheibel

Mohegan Archaeological Field School

Nadonis Tarrant

Nancy Herter

Nancy Shoemaker

National Museum of American Indian

New York State Museum

New York State Archaeological Association

New York State Historical Preservation Office

Penn State University

Peter Honerkamp

Peter Pratt

Port Jefferson Historical Society

Rachel Menruk

Ralph Retaul

Rebecca Genia

Robert Giffen

Roddy Smith

Rogers Memorial Library

Saltonstall Foundation

Sandi Brewster Walker

Sara Gordon

Suffolk County Archaeological Association

Shane Weeks

Shavonne Smith

Shinnecock Museum

Shinnecock Youth Council

Shirley Smith

Smithsonian Cultural Resource Center

Southampton Historical Society

Southold Indian Museum

Stephanie Fielding

Stephanie Miller

The Stephen Talkhouse

Steven King

Steven Rubin

Stony Brook University

Suffolk County Historical Society

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

Tecumseh Ceaser

Tela Troge, Esq.

Three Village Historical Society

Timothy Lloyd

Tina Tarrant

Victoria Berger

Viola Cause

Waban Tarrant

Wendy Annibell

Winonah Warren

Yaphank Historical Society