Face Masks have become a way of expressing the wearers unique personalities.
Great Seal of Shinnecock Indian Nation Face mask portrait on May 1, 2021 in Union Square, NYC.
Arching above the two Native Americans on the seal are wickiups, the permanent homes of the ancient Shinnecock. The purple hue of the seal represents wampum, or beads made from clam shells that were used as currency for the ancient tribe.
The Shinnecock used the wampum to trade with the Dutch as well as with the Iroquois in upstate New York. The shining sun in the background symbolizes both the evening and the dawn and the 13 sections on the shell of the turtle, prominent in the center of the seal, represent the 13 Indian tribes of Long Island.