Long Island is Indigenous land and always has been. Despite nearly 400 years of attempts to erase and subdue the connections between its people and the land, Indigenous peoples continue to honor, practice, and assert kinship to place and each other. Indigenous History and Art at Good Little Water Place is an exhibition highlighting the nuances and significance of enduring relationships between peoples, land, wildlife, and water. Artwork from nine contemporary Indigenous artists centers the exhibition, offering an inquisitive look at the history and on-going relations between Indigenous people and land, and reminding viewers of the responsibility we all share to know our common histories with each other and their impact on our connections to place. 

Curated by Jeremy Dennis, Artist, Shinnecock Indian Nation and Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, Curator of Ethnography, New York State Museum. Featuring art from the collections of David Bunn Martine, Tecumseh Ceaser, Durrell Hunter, Preservation Long Island, the New York State Museum, and the Southold Indian Museum. 

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