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Shinnecock Museum Holds Strawberry Harvest Festival June 14

The 14th annual Strawberry Harvest Festival, a free outdoor event with many family-friendly activities, will be held at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Sunday, June 14.

Enjoy children’s games and craft activities, live dance performances and traditional skills demonstrations. Guests can take a two-hour tour along the Shinnecock Peninsula accompanied by an indigenous guide who will discuss a variety of historical and new sites that relate to the preservation of Shinnecock culture. The tour also takes on an environmental focus and encourages visitors to share in a concern for nature and the effort to reduce carbon footprints for future generations. Guests are invited to bring their kayaks or canoes for a journey in the Shinnecock Bay.

Cholena Smith and Brianna Flemming doing the Women's traditional Green Corn Dance at the Wikun Living History Village Site.
Cholena Smith and Brianna Flemming doing the Women’s traditional Green Corn Dance at the Wikun Living History Village site. Photo credit: Pamela Greinke

The annual festival will offer an experience in Native arts and foods at the outdoor Indian Market as well as opportunities to shop for authentic Native American-made jewelry, art, clothing, beadwork and other hand-crafted pieces directly from talented Native artists.

Native cuisine will also be available with options ranging from fry bread to “Indian Tacos” and Shinnecock-style strawberry shortcake. Seafood meals can also be enjoyed, as museum interpreters in the Wikun Living History Village will prepare it. Here guests can witness the opening of an earth-oven within the outdoor living culture exhibit and become immersed in an authentic indigenous setting. The number of meals offered is limited so orders should be placed in advance for the clambake, which includes lobster, corn, potato, clams and oysters.

The Shinnecock Museum’s goal is to positively impact both the community of the present and of future generations. The museum holds seasonal festivals for families to learn, create and enjoy their time spent in a culturally and historically-rich environment.

The 14th annual Strawberry Harvest Festival is Sunday, June 14, from 11a.m. to 5p.m..

The Shinnecock Museum is located on Montauk Highway (Route 27A) and West Gate Road in Southampton. To pre-order clambake meals or register for kayak tours, call 631-680-8449. For additional information contact 631-287-4923 or visit facebook.com/shinnecockmuseum. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is handicapped accessible and open to the public.

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