People of the Shore: Shinnecock Museum Maritime Exhibit

Explore a vibrant new exhibit, “People of the Shore: The Maritime History of the Place of Shells,” at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum.

Co-sponsor for the exhibit is the Shinnecock Shellfish Hatchery & Environmental Center (SSHEC) that cultivates oysters off the Shinnecock tribal shores.

The “People of the Shore” exhibit uses artifacts and historical and present day photographs featuring those from lifelong Shinnecock bayman and self-taught photographer, Herman Quinn, to examine the distinctive and enduring connection of the Indians of Eastern Long Island with the sea. It includes demonstrations of Shinnecock maritime traditions of today, wampum and shell jewelry making and net making.

The exhibit is on view through March 14, 2009 except for the museum's January hiatus.

Also on view are the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, “A Walk with the People,” murals, photo gallery and collections depicting the history of the Shinnecock and other coastal eastern woodland cultures, and “My Spirit Dances Forever,” The Frederick DeMatteis Collection of bronze sculptures of Native Americans.

The Shinnecock Museum is the only Native-owned and operated museum on Long Island. Montauk Highway (Route 27A) and West Gate Road in Southampton.

Contact (631) 287-4923 or for more information.