Winter Festival Celebrates Shinnecock Culture

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Shop for a gift that is especially unique at a Native American arts and crafts market during the 15th annual Winter Festival at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Saturday, December 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“You can see the dedication and commitment to tribal culture in each of the artist’s work,” Winonah Warren, president of the board of directors for the museum, said in a press release. “We are honored to help promote these fellow ‘tradition keepers.’”

Visitors can also sample a variety of dishes at a traditional food sale — including savory corn chowder, fry bread, and homemade succotash slow cooked with cranberry beans, corn and pork — and participate in “Passport to Shinnecock,” if you’re between age 6 and 12.

The program, offered throughout the day at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m., will take children on a journey through thousands of years of history, allowing them to feel, taste and touch essential elements of the vibrant Shinnecock culture.

“From soft, fur-covered benches to handmade bags, bowls, clothing and food, the program tells the story of this ancient tribal community,” the press release said. “Youth will receive their own virtual passports and stamps as they travel through time periods during each hour-long session.”

The museum is located at 100 Montauk Highway in Southampton. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call (631) 287-4923.

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