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Aug 31, 2010 4:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Shinnecock Community Notes, September 2

Aug 31, 2010 4:32 PM

Hakamé. Greetings from Shinnecock.

Labor Day weekend is here, and it seems that summer is gone soon after it began. Sadly, it ends on a solemn note. Yesterday we laid to rest Cheryl O. Crippen Munoz, lovingly known as Toot. Her family, instead of marking her death as an occasion for grief, made it a point to celebrate her life in the fashion of the beautiful, vibrant spirit that was Toot. Funeral attendants wore summer whites, yellows, blues and pinks in honor of her bold and boisterous voracity for life.

This weekend is our 64th annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow and what was planned to be a celebration of our becoming the 556th federally recognized tribe. Despite a delay while two weak challenges to recognition are being sorted out, it will still be a celebration!

The powwow committee has organized a grand lineup of entertainment—flutist Walter Purizaca; violinist and flutist Arvel Bird; Spanish dances, Thunderbird dancers and Shinnecock youth dancers; and, of course, our longtime visitors, the Aztec dancers—in addition to the usual Native dancing, singing and the competition that is set to take place.

We do anticipate a few hiccups as our ceremonial chief, Chief War Hawk, otherwise known as tribal elder and former Trustee Harry K. Williams, may not be able to attend to offer his usual introduction because is on bed rest due to arm injuries. We pray for his quick recovery, but at the very least look forward to hearing his speech read via letter. Another disappointment: the co-emcee of the powwow had to cancel his appearance, but our own Charles K. Smith II, pro that he is, will go solo! He may have on deck a sidekick from Seneca Nation, but regardless, if he ends up on his own, we are confident that things will go smoothly.

This year we welcome the Grammy and Native American Music Award-winning Black Eagle Singers of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, as host drum. Also, five new dance competition specials have been added to the roster for Monday and there is talk of adding head lady and head male dancers—but that we won’t know for sure until Grand Entry.

David Bunn Martine has an exhibition of oils and acrylics on view at Rogers Memorial Library’s Madelle Semerjian Gallery, on the lower level, through the end of September. The collection of 20 paintings displays scenes of Shinnecock life through the centuries, before and after first contact. Some of the works will remain on display for an extended period in the stairwell of the library after the close of the exhibit.

Next Saturday, September 11, Shinnecock Indian Education, Young Men of Shinnecock and Shinnecock Nation Youth Council have teamed up to host an all-day Basketball Jamboree to mark the end of the summer. To be held at the basketball court adjacent to the Family Preservation Center, the Jamboree will begin at 10 a.m. with teams from Shinnecock and Poospatuck competing in five divisions throughout the day. Teams will be divided into four age groups, 8 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 35, and 35 and up—a fifth team will consist of girls of all ages. The tribe that wins the trophy will keep it, along with bragging rights, until next year’s Jamboree.

In addition, college coaches will be on hand between games to offer basketball clinics, which will be open to all basketball fans.

The hope is to also have an inflatable bouncy castle, water slide, a dunking booth and other games for kids, but at the very least, there will be a barbecue and a block party that will last until midnight. The basketball clinics, barbecue, block party and family fun and games are open to all communities!

Call coach Kenny Coard at (413) 884-4362 or Tony Robinson at 276-2018 for more information.

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Just a comment re: Ms. Crippen - the funeral service is on September 1, 2010. I read this post from Lakewood, Washington on August 31, 2010. The author seems to be prescient regarding the activities surrounding Ms. Crippen's funeral, as the author speaks of this in the past tense as something that has already occurred. As I write this comment, the services for Ms. Crippen have yet to begin, although I have already read the details of the event.

I find it presumptuous and lacking in journalistic ...more
By johnminarik (2), Lakewood on Aug 31, 10 10:47 PM
This column will be published in the newspaper on Thursday, so some events are referred to in the past tense. The writer is familiar with what the family has planned for the funeral service.
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Aug 31, 10 11:06 PM
If the family is fine with that, so am I. What happens if the plans go awry or change in the meantime? Still difficult to accept writing a story about something that has not yet occurred. No offense, if that is your normal protocol, but it does not inspire much confidence in what we read from this source.

Might it be more important to honor Ms. Crippen's memory than to make your deadline with imaginary tales? Sorry, Toot, but I bet you'd agree.

Apologies are extended to any ...more
By johnminarik (2), Lakewood on Sep 1, 10 12:03 AM
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By LadyLuck (6), Southampton on Sep 1, 10 12:03 PM
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By LadyLuck (6), Southampton on Sep 1, 10 12:10 PM
I am the author of the article and Toot is my third cousin. Therefore I am very aware that the family requested that all attendants wear summer colors in honor of Toot (this seems to be the only line that has not happend yet). So I trust that people will honor that request. From what I observed last night at the wake most did, and confirmed that—like myself in white and her favorite color fuchsia today—they would honor that request at the funeral. So there are no “imaginary tales” the only thing ...more
By LadyLuck (6), Southampton on Sep 1, 10 12:11 PM
@ LadyLuck...ok, this is scary...sounds like Toot talking, and not saying that in a bad way. She was always "real talk" and spoke straight from the hip. It's all good. Thank you.
By unelana (29), North Wales PA on Sep 3, 10 11:50 AM