Shinnecock community notes, September 10

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Hakamé. Greetings from Shinnecock.

The 63rd Shinnecock Indian Powwow went on without a hitch this past weekend and if you missed it, you missed out on a good one! The patrons were well fed—by the time it was over, we were even out of fry bread—and the vendors went home pleased.

But the success of this wonderful powwow wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless effort of our tremendous staff. From parking and maintenance to accounting and registration, each position had its own vital role. After serving for the first time this year on the dancer registration/contest staff, a voluntary position, we have found a new appreciation for all those who take the initiative to devote their time and energy to support our powwow.

Our efforts were focused on the dancers, which are the main attraction, in addition to the unique food and crafts offered. Female winners included Karen Hunter, first place, Golden Age Eastern Blanket; Aiyana Smith, first place, and Andrina Smith, fourth place, Women’s Eastern Blanket; Sunshine Gumbs, fourth place, Women’s Jingle; Dyashwa Sylvester, third place, Women’s Fancy; Cheyenne Vieira, second place, Jr. Women’s Traditional; Cholena Smith, second place and Mattah Wright (Miss Shinnecock Jr. Teen), third place, Jr. Women’s Jingle; Tyasia Williams, third place and Kyerrah Reddick, fourth place, Girls Traditional; Savanah Phillips, first place and Gianna Willis, fourth place, Girls Jingle; and Ky’Annah Eleazer-Williams, third place and Amira Nation, fourth place, Girls Fancy.

And for the men, James Keith Phillips, second place, Golden Age Eastern War; Hanovi Smith, second place, Men’s Northern Traditional; Strong Heart Warrior, fourth place, Jr. Men’s Grass; Sampwe Tarrant, first place, Jr. Men’s Fancy; Nakia “NJ” Williams, second place, Boys Grass; and Chauncey Syas, second place, Boys Fancy. Congratulations to all participating dancers.

In honor of National Recovery Month, the Shinnecock Substance Abuse Mobilization Project (SAMP) will sponsor a bus ride for tribal members into lower Manhattan for the second annual “Recovery Rally: A Walk Across Brooklyn Bridge” on Saturday, September 12. The bus will leave from the Shinnecock Community Center at 5:30 a.m. and arrive at Foley Square in time for the walk at 8:30 a.m. The first 50 seats will be available for $10 a spot, and included in the cost of the trip will be a free Smokey Robinson concert in Brooklyn following the walk. Sign up at the community center, the health center, or at the parish hall.

The powwow will continue, as we plan on drumming and dancing at the fifth annual “After Summer East End Community Picnic” this Sunday, September 13, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. The local Anti-Bias task forces put this event together each year, along with more than 50 other local sponsors, in an effort to bring together all the cultures living here on the East End.

Hot dogs, ice cream and cotton candy will be served up for free. And to further remind us all of the benefits of working together, attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck dish representing each’s own heritage, although all contributions are, of course, welcome.

Broadway actor Dylan Collins, Paul’s Gospel Music, Mexican folk dancers, East Indian dancers and “DJ Double S,” Sam Santiago will entertain, while other activities will include arts and crafts, relay races, a jump house and basketball. We, the Shinnecock Nation, will also host a lacrosse game.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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