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Jeremy Dennis - "Shagwong" Framed 18x24 Photograph

Jeremy Dennis - "Shagwong" Framed 18x24 Photograph

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Shagwong is a sacred, village and historic site north east of Indian Fields in Montauk. Legends are associated with the area, along with mentions of “Indian Huts” being seen there during the early contact period.

From the project On This Site

Archival Giclee Print

18 X 24

My photography explores indigenous identity, cultural assimilation, and the ancestral traditional practices of my tribe, the Shinnecock Indian Nation. Though science has solved many questions about natural phenomena, questions of identity are more abstract, the answers more nuanced. My work is a means of examining my identity and the identity of my community, specifically the unique experience of living on a sovereign Indian reservation and the problems we face.

 My images question and disrupt the post-colonial narrative that dominates in film and media and results in damaging stereotypes, such as the “noble savage” depictions. As racial divisions and tensions reach a nationwide fever pitch, it’s more important to me than ever to offer a complex and compelling representation of indigenous people.

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