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The Sebonac Creek Site is a Shinnecock settlement occupied from the Late Woodland period until the contact period. A stone pottery fragment resembling a Thunderbird design was found along with evidence of a large wigwam ( 15 by 20 feet ), accompanied by another smaller wigwam (15 by 10 feet) southeast. In the center was a fireplace. Also to the east, a burial was discovered, containing one body.
Today, the Sebonac Creek site is situated directly between the Shinnecock Golf Course and National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
This motif is seen as part of the Shinnecock religion. The Thunderbird is a race of mythic beings who were thought to be the patrons of warriors, the bringers of rain for the crops, and the guardians of mankind against water monsters.
Unfortunately, there has been no corroborative data from other Sebonac sites. It seems quite likely, however, that the Thunderbird was known and honored on Long Island because the symbol has been documented among the other coastal Algonkin tribes. 2