The Matinnecock Native Americans, an Algonquian people, are the aboriginal occupants of northwestern Long Island. Among the first to feel the impact of European settlement, and seldom mentioned after the colonial period, the Matinnecocks experienced profound changes after the seventeenth century. But they did not vanish; they are still an identifiable people.
In 1975 the tribe began the revitalization of its ancestral religion. To date, four ceremonies have been revived. Nunnowa ("Indian Thanksgiving") is held in October, and a midwinter ceremony takes place in February; naming and pipe ceremonies are held when appropriate.
Like the Algonquian remnants of southern New England, the Matinnecocks are now involved in a regional form of Pan-Indianism....a core group cling steadfastly to their Native American identity.
Eastern New Mexico University
Matinnecock artists proudly carry on the tribal traditions and express their talents in Native American jewelry design.
All items are individually hand made by Native Artists. Some items shown are for immediate delivery while others may be sold out and will be placed on special order. Note, since all items are handmade they will vary slightly from image shown.