Eastville Exhibit Examines Native American History

Native American portrait from the Woodlands Period, by David Bunn Martine

The Eastville Community Historical Society in Sag Harbor will showcase its new summer exhibit, "Native American Life on the East End," with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibit refutes stereotypical imagery of Native Americans by covering the Paleo-Indian period to the present day of Native Americans on the East End of "Paumanok," the Native American name for Long Island.

The exhibition features more than 60 artifacts, including tintypes, cabinet cards, vintage and modern photographs, and contemporary artwork by David Bunn Martine of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton.

Included in the exhibit will also be a timeline of drivers' licenses belonging to Christopher Cuffee Jr., who is another resident of Eastville, a letter from the Union School District of Sag Harbor dating back to 1899, and a historic Sag Harbor Express article highlighting the Circassian Shipwreck from 1877.

The society's headquarters are at 139 Hampton Street.