Ma's House

Ma's House Ma's House Project is led by Shinnecock artist and photographer Jeremy Dennis. Dennis' goal is to create a welcoming art space for black and indigenous people of color.

My name is Jeremy Dennis and I am an indigenous artist and photographer raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation at “Ma’s House” in the eastern end of Long Island, New York. My grandmother, Loretta Silva, also known as Princess Silva Arrow of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, was affectionately called “Ma” by her children and grandchildren. She passed away in 1998 when I was 8 years old. We still c

My name is Jeremy Dennis and I am an indigenous artist and photographer raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation at “Ma’s House” in the eastern end of Long Island, New York. My grandmother, Loretta Silva, also known as Princess Silva Arrow of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, was affectionately called “Ma” by her children and grandchildren. She passed away in 1998 when I was 8 years old. We still c

Operating as usual

10/11/2021
Photos from Wide Rainbow's post
10/11/2021

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10/09/2021
10/06/2021

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to work with @allen.pamella! Join us beginning this Wednesday for a well thought out 2-day art workshop! Please RSVP to [email protected] #shinnecockyouthclubhouse #shinnecockyouth #art #pamellaallen #creativity #expression #youthart

Welcome to the third artist in residence at Ma's House - Pamella Allen. @allen.pamella  Pamella is a Jamaican-born, Broo...
10/03/2021

Welcome to the third artist in residence at Ma's House - Pamella Allen. @allen.pamella Pamella is a Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based mixed-media painter, printmaker, sculptor, and more! Please join us Friday, October 8th from 6 - 8 pm for an informal meet-the-artist event at Ma's House.

"I cannot wait to see how the wisdom of the Shinnecock People and the natural landscapes they preserve will impact the works I will create in my residency & beyond. Thank you @jeremynative, the Shinnecock Nation, and Ancestor ‘Princess Silva Arrow’ (Loretta Silva also know as ‘Ma’) for opening your home, heart, and wisdom to making a safe creative space for #BIPOC artists grow!"

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Welcome to the third artist in residence at Ma's House - Pamella Allen. @allen.pamella Pamella is a Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based mixed-media painter, printmaker, sculptor, and more! Please join us Friday, October 8th from 6 - 8 pm for an informal meet-the-artist event at Ma's House.

"I cannot wait to see how the wisdom of the Shinnecock People and the natural landscapes they preserve will impact the works I will create in my residency & beyond. Thank you @jeremynative, the Shinnecock Nation, and Ancestor ‘Princess Silva Arrow’ (Loretta Silva also know as ‘Ma’) for opening your home, heart, and wisdom to making a safe creative space for #BIPOC artists grow!"

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Looking for a way to support Ma's House and need more local sweet honey? The Ma's House 'Honey Club' supporters will rec...
09/14/2021

Looking for a way to support Ma's House and need more local sweet honey? The Ma's House 'Honey Club' supporters will receive a 16oz glass container filled with raw honey made locally from Shinnecock territory wildflowers. Limited stock! Learn more below: https://www.patreon.com/Jeremydennis

PS Thanks to Debbie at Bonac Bees and our anonymous donor! We have had a donation of bee hives since last year.






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Thanks @sed_paz ARTnews for covering the Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio project and @allie.n.mitchell @studiotoniross Jer...
09/09/2021

Thanks @sed_paz ARTnews for covering the Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio project and @allie.n.mitchell @studiotoniross

Jeremy Dennis, a photographer, educator, and tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, spent the past year and a half renovating the home where he grew up on Long Island’s East End. During the first wave of the pandemic, Dennis had been living with his parents, after his plans to attend artists’ residencies had been cut short. While there, he thought there would be no better time to dedicate himself to renovating his family’s house, which had been abandoned for a decade. The house would give him a place to live and make art, but it became obvious to him that the space was too large for just himself.

Thinking back to an earlier time when Ma’s House played home to powwows, Dennis said he was happy to see the community once again congregating in the backyard. “With our first resident, we had that happen again—Shinnecock and non-Shinnecock people coming, bringing different communities together,” he said. “All around us is art and storytelling and performance. I think that’s amazing.”






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Yesterday we said farewell and thanks to Allie Mitchell for her live audience stage-reading of her work 'Jersey, I Love ...
09/07/2021

Yesterday we said farewell and thanks to Allie Mitchell for her live audience stage-reading of her work 'Jersey, I Love You.' If you missed it, you can watch a recording on the Ma's House Youtube Channel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWmrMEcX1TQ

@allie.n.mitchell






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Yesterday we said farewell and thanks to Allie Mitchell for her live audience stage-reading of her work 'Jersey, I Love You.' If you missed it, you can watch a recording on the Ma's House Youtube Channel!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWmrMEcX1TQ

@allie.n.mitchell






#youtube #southamptonny #shinnecock #bipocart #youtuber #newyork #blackart #hamptons #art #hamptonbays #artistsoninstagram #bipoc #blackartists #documentary #blm #alliemitchell #mashouse #suffolkcounty

Happy Birthday to Ma aka Loretta 'Princess Silva Arrow' Silva. Ma was born in Greenport on September 2, 1919, daughter o...
09/02/2021

Happy Birthday to Ma aka Loretta 'Princess Silva Arrow' Silva. Ma was born in Greenport on September 2, 1919, daughter of Benjamin H. Hunter and Isabel M. Yearwood. She married U.S. Army Captain Peter A. Silva during WWII, who was also Chief of the Hassanamisco Indian Reservation in Massachusetts. Ma is also the grandmother of Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis who is leading the restoration of her family home.

It was always important to keep the culture and history of both Shinnecock and Hassanamisco alive from both Ma and Poppy.

Ma passed away after a sudden illness in 1998. It was her dream for her home to one day become a museum.






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Happy Birthday to Ma aka Loretta 'Princess Silva Arrow' Silva. Ma was born in Greenport on September 2, 1919, daughter of Benjamin H. Hunter and Isabel M. Yearwood. She married U.S. Army Captain Peter A. Silva during WWII, who was also Chief of the Hassanamisco Indian Reservation in Massachusetts. Ma is also the grandmother of Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis who is leading the restoration of her family home.

It was always important to keep the culture and history of both Shinnecock and Hassanamisco alive from both Ma and Poppy.

Ma passed away after a sudden illness in 1998. It was her dream for her home to one day become a museum.






#birthday #happybirthday #birthdaycake #cake #birthdayparty #bday #birthdaygirl #celebration #celebrate #anniversary #instacake #gift #present #kidsparty #cakes #birthdayboy #fondant #surprise #誕生日 #cumpleaños #cupcakes #years #babyshower #cakestagram #instabirthday

Happy American Chess Day - Pics of my mom's childhood chessboard + bench at Ma's House. Just need chess pieces 👀•••••#ch...
09/01/2021

Happy American Chess Day - Pics of my mom's childhood chessboard + bench at Ma's House. Just need chess pieces 👀






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Welcome to the second Ma's House artist resident, Allie Mitchell, who is a New Jersey-based actress, writer, and directo...
08/31/2021

Welcome to the second Ma's House artist resident, Allie Mitchell, who is a New Jersey-based actress, writer, and director. Allie will be in residence working on her ongoing screenplays.

Please join us for a free public stage-reading of her work 'Jersey, I Love You' inspired by the film 'Paris, je t'aime' at Ma's House in Southampton, NY this Sunday at 5pm****

Allie graduated from Rutgers- Newark in 2016 with a double major in Theater and Psychology and has studied at The Barrow Group and Stella Adler. She was most recently seen as Trinculo in The Tempest at Circle Players in Piscataway, NJ in 2019. She is currently a member of the improv group Quest for the Missing Script, which can be found on YouTube, and she is a co-host of a Black nerd-focused podcast called The Black Nerd Project. Allie currently enjoys writing her BIPOC LGBTQIA+ romantic web series set in New Jersey, practicing her ukulele skills, and eating copious amounts of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Welcome to the second Ma's House artist resident, Allie Mitchell, who is a New Jersey-based actress, writer, and director. Allie will be in residence working on her ongoing screenplays.

Please join us for a free public stage-reading of her work 'Jersey, I Love You' inspired by the film 'Paris, je t'aime' at Ma's House in Southampton, NY this Sunday at 5pm****

Allie graduated from Rutgers- Newark in 2016 with a double major in Theater and Psychology and has studied at The Barrow Group and Stella Adler. She was most recently seen as Trinculo in The Tempest at Circle Players in Piscataway, NJ in 2019. She is currently a member of the improv group Quest for the Missing Script, which can be found on YouTube, and she is a co-host of a Black nerd-focused podcast called The Black Nerd Project. Allie currently enjoys writing her BIPOC LGBTQIA+ romantic web series set in New Jersey, practicing her ukulele skills, and eating copious amounts of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Dreamstarter® Creative - Indian Youth
08/30/2021
Dreamstarter® Creative - Indian Youth

Dreamstarter® Creative - Indian Youth

Online Application PDF Application Running Strong for American Indian Youth supports Native artists as culture protectors, tradition keepers, and valuable contributors to the contemporary American art world. We are proud to release Dreamstarter® Creative as a program to encourage Native…

Today is International Dog Day and @yesitsyanyan last day at the Ma's House Residency. Hope you had a great stay and had...
08/26/2021

Today is International Dog Day and @yesitsyanyan last day at the Ma's House Residency. Hope you had a great stay and had an inspiring and productive environment. Thanks to everyone who came out to support Yanyan and Ma's House this past month. You can continue to follow Yanyan's work at her website: https://yanyanhuang.com/

Today is International Dog Day and @yesitsyanyan last day at the Ma's House Residency. Hope you had a great stay and had an inspiring and productive environment. Thanks to everyone who came out to support Yanyan and Ma's House this past month. You can continue to follow Yanyan's work at her website: https://yanyanhuang.com/

New book for the Ma's House Library: Whaling Captains of Color, America's First Meritocracy, by Skip Finley - Do you hav...
08/24/2021

New book for the Ma's House Library: Whaling Captains of Color, America's First Meritocracy, by Skip Finley - Do you have any BIPOC Author/Artist Book recommendations?

#bipoc #bipocauthors #book #library #southamptony #mashouse

New book for the Ma's House Library: Whaling Captains of Color, America's First Meritocracy, by Skip Finley - Do you have any BIPOC Author/Artist Book recommendations?

#bipoc #bipocauthors #book #library #southamptony #mashouse

COVID’s impact on Native markets
08/20/2021
COVID’s impact on Native markets

COVID’s impact on Native markets

Kalle BenallieIndian Country Today The Santa Fe Indian Market has made its way back after taking a year off due to the pandemic. However, the popular event

Ma's House now has its own email list - if you signed up to my (Jeremy) personal one before, please sign up again! You c...
08/20/2021

Ma's House now has its own email list - if you signed up to my (Jeremy) personal one before, please sign up again! You can sign up on the Ma's House website or visit the link below to stay in touch - thank you

http://eepurl.com/hGpNWP

Ma's House now has its own email list - if you signed up to my (Jeremy) personal one before, please sign up again! You can sign up on the Ma's House website or visit the link below to stay in touch - thank you

http://eepurl.com/hGpNWP

Timeline Photos
08/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Running Strong for American Indian Youth is donating up to $25,000 in grants each year to Native artisans who celebrate their Indigenous identity in their artwork. They will select up to 10 Native artists, graphic designers, beadworkers, seamstresses, painters, photographers, illustrators, and more, to receive up to $2,500 each to sponsor their work. Applications due September 1 at 11:59pm EST and can be found at www.IndianYouth.org/DreamstarterCreative

Eleven days left to see Yanyan's work and meet the artist at Ma's House! Thanks @theexpressnewsgroup for the writeup and...
08/14/2021

Eleven days left to see Yanyan's work and meet the artist at Ma's House! Thanks @theexpressnewsgroup for the writeup and @kelly.dennis.esq for sending a Pic - have to get a copy! @yesitsyanyan

Eleven days left to see Yanyan's work and meet the artist at Ma's House! Thanks @theexpressnewsgroup for the writeup and @kelly.dennis.esq for sending a Pic - have to get a copy! @yesitsyanyan

Timeline Photos
08/13/2021

Timeline Photos

Jeremy Dennis, Shinnecock citizen and artist, has been renovating a modest red house that was his childhood home. The artist’s work explores Indigenous identity, culture and assimilation, depicting moments in Native history in an evocative style. http://ow.ly/uQ0M50FNywY

Memory Keeper: Brenda Simmons | The East Hampton Star
07/22/2021
Memory Keeper: Brenda Simmons | The East Hampton Star

Memory Keeper: Brenda Simmons | The East Hampton Star

Brenda Simmons became a curator while working at Southampton Village Hall — commissioning school kids to create art for Black History Month. Now, she's the director of a new African American cultural museum.

Gather Returns to Guild Hall
07/13/2021
Gather Returns to Guild Hall

Gather Returns to Guild Hall

Gather: Conversations led by Black and Indigenous Change-Makers is returning this summer, sponsored by Guild Hall in East Hampton. Gather is a celebration of the East End’s diversity, a recognition…

07/12/2021

Join Guild Hall and Ma's House & BIPOC Art Studio @mashousestudio for GATHER: Conversations led by Black & Indigenous Change-Makers starting this Friday, July 16. Devised specifically for community leaders, service workers, teachers, and developers, this series platforms the voices and experiences of various BIPOC scholars, artists, and leaders, providing both lessons on our past histories, and strategies and examples of how to progress forward together.

The series spans from Friday, July 16 – Monday, July 19 with events at both Guild Hall and Shinnecock. Register now at guildhall.org/gather LINK IN BIO

FULL GATHER SCHEDULE
Join in one or all four events led by Jeremy Dennis @jeremynative, artists and tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, Anthony Madonna @madonnaagram, Guild Hall’s Senior Associate for Learning and Public Engagement, and a rotating panel of historians, artists, and/or leaders of the Hamptons, including Roddy Smith, Andrina Wekontash Smith @wekontash565, Tecumseh Ceaser @nativetec, Chief Harry Wallace, Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Donnamarie Barnes @donmcab, and Skip Finley @skipfinley.

LEFT BEHIND/WITHIN
Friday, July 16, 6–7:30pm
MA’s House & BIPOC Studio, Shinnecock

TUKTU PADDLE TOUR OF SHINNECOCK (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, July 17, 10–12PM OR 2-4PM
MA’S House & BIPOC Studio, Shinnecock

BOOK TALK: WHALING CAPTAINS OF COLOR with Author, Skip Finley
Sunday, July 18, 4:30-6pm
Guild Hall

WAMPUM: HISTORY, CRAFT, & PRACTICE
Monday, July 19, 4pm
Guild Hall

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Ma's House Restoration & BIPOC Artist Studio

My name is Jeremy Dennis and I am an indigenous artist and photographer raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation at “Ma’s House” in the eastern end of Long Island, New York. My grandmother, Loretta Silva, also known as Princess Silva Arrow of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, was affectionately called “Ma” by her children and grandchildren. She passed away in 1998 when I was 8 years old. We still call the home where we lived with her “Ma’s House”, and it was always filled with so much love and warmth, welcoming all who came to visit and spend time with our family. My mother told me that when she was young, Ma held mini-powwows with the whole family and other tribe members dancing and singing in our traditional regalia at the house. People from everywhere, even foreign countries, would visit the house and also partake in viewing Native craftwork, handmade beadwork, and enjoy pony rides, archery, as well as eat traditional Indian corn, cooked in the earth layered under seaweed.

It’s a huge financial and physical undertaking to restore “Ma’s House” and the Silva family home. With very limited resources my grandfather, Peter Silva, Sr., traditional Chief of the Hassanamisco Band of Indians, of Grafton, Massachusetts, scraped together what he could to build this unique house for Ma and their 6 children about 65 years ago. My mother found a picture of her father salvaging the wood and windows for the house from a Clergy house that was due to be demolished so the materials used for the home may well be over 100 years old. My direct family as well as my aunts, uncles, and cousins have lived at “Ma’s House” and sustained it until recent years with its leaky plumbing, dry rot/mold areas, unfinished basement, and outdated furnace.

Image: Denise Silva-Dennis and her son, Jeremy Dennis, stood in front of her mother’s house, otherwise known as Ma’s House, on the Shinnecock Reservation. Durell Godfrey photo


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