Jeremy Dennis

Shinnecock Indian Nation

Born 1990, Southampton, New York

Jeremy Dennis is a contemporary fine art photographer and a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY. In his work, he explores indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation. Dennis holds an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, and a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University, NY. He currently lives and works in Southampton, NY, on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

Choknanipok (Man of Flint), 2015, 30 x 40 inches, Metal Print. Chokanipok (Man of Flint) is a mythological figure from the Algonquian people. He fought many battles with his brother Manabozho. Manabozho’s arrows tore off pieces of Chokanipok’s body, which fell to Earth as pieces of flint. When Manabozho finally conquered Chokanipok, pieces of the giant’s body were scattered everywhere. This story explains why flint is so common in some parts of the country. The landscape is the Shinnecock Indian Nation.