On this Indigenous People’s Day, we hope you join us in recognizing the Manhansett people, the original inhabitants of Manhansack Ahaquatuwamock (a.k.a. Shelter Island), who called this land and its waters home for over 11,000 years.

During European colonialism in the 17th century, the Manhansetts were forcefully removed from their traditional, unceded territory and annihilated through both direct and indirect means. No Manhansett people still exist. Today, we reflect on the land on which our houses sit and the people from whom it was taken.

These arrowheads from our permanent collection, which were found around Shelter Island, are part of the legacy of the Manhansett people, their culture, and their deep connection to this land.



Shelter Island Historical Society

PO BOX 847
Shelter Island, NY 11964


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