Indigenous Long Island

Sewanhaky, or the Island of Black Shells (Long Island), is the present homeland of diverse and connected communities of Indigenous peoples, many of whom claim kinship to the ancestors who nourished deep relationships with this land, waters, and animals for thousands of years. These relationships inspired and continue to inform art making and expression distinct to Sewanhaky.

Three themes emerge from the selection of artworks in this exhibit: Kinship, Liberation, and Community. We invite you to think about these themes as you explore the art. Each one builds on an assertion of Indigenous presence, joy, sovereignty, and unity.

Jeremy Dennis. Shinnecock Powwow, 2015. Courtesy, Jeremy Dennis.