North Hempstead officially begins collaborative process to rethink Town Seal – Community News

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City Supervisor Judi Bosworth and City Council voted unanimously at the September 2 city council meeting to retain Wampum Magic, Inc. to provide professional services, including illustration and design work related to the overhaul of the North Hempstead Town seal.

Wampum Magic is a Native American owned and operated company located on the Poospatuck Reservation in Mastic. The current seal of the City was adopted in 1935.

According to former city historian Howard Kroplick’s book “North Hempstead”, the illustration on the seal depicts “Tackapausha, the sachem of the Algonquians who lived in the area”. Tackapausha was primarily engaged in negotiations with European settlers in 1643 “to purchase all the land in the present towns of North Hempstead and Hempstead”.

Tackapausha was also a signer of later confirmation documents in 1657 and 1658.

“City Council recognizes the need to redesign the city’s seal,” said Bosworth. “We remain committed to fulfilling the intention of the 1935 City Council, which was to honor the Native Americans who originally inhabited this land.

We look forward to continuing our outreach and working in partnership with representatives from the Matinecock and Unkechaug Nations as we move forward with this collaborative effort.

“We are honored to be part of an effort to reflect a more precise symbol of the relationship between the original people of this land and European settlers. We thank the Town of North Hempstead for reaching out to the Matinecock and other Indigenous communities in this effort. Hopefully this project will be a model that other cities and counties can emulate as we tell our combined stories, ”said Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Nation.

The City will form the City Seal Review Committee, which will include a representative of the Matinecock Nation, Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Nation, City Historian Ross Lumpkin, city officials and others. community members. The committee will help develop proposals with the professional illustrator.

The City is also committed to creating a permanent educational exhibition to give an overview of this aspect of the history of our City. As part of this effort, the city will display a Wampum Friendship Belt representing the original agreement between settlers and early Native American inhabitants.

The City plans to gradually install the new seal, with priority given to the City’s website and other high-visibility areas, including vehicles and prominent signs.


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