Potinack

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Introduction
History

Introduction

Potinack is an Algonquian language place name located in the present-day Hither Hills State Park area on the East spanning to Napague State Park along the south shore. The place may refer to a hole or deep depression in the land west of the U.S. Life-Saving Station in the hills, sometimes filled with water.

History

William Wallace Tooker‘s Indian Place Names on Long Island (1911) mentions Potinack:

312. Potinack: a hole or deep depression on Montauk about a mile west of the “Hither Plain” U. S. Life-Saving Station, in close proximity to the cliffs, sometimes filled with water. Bearing the same name are two other holes: (a) Potinack hole, a short distance north of the above in the woods, a flaggy hole. (b) Potinack hole, a watering place at the junction of four farms at Amagansett. In the East Hamptons Records (vol. iv., 1889) I translated this name as “where the land sink,” that is “gutting in,” making it correspond to the Massachusetts pootoae, with the loctive -ack, “land,” and related to Potunk. I may be in error as regards this derivation, and it may simply be one of the many forms of Appuhquiauke. See Appaquogue and Potunk1

  1. William Wallace Tooker’s Indian Place Names on Long Island (1911) pp 196[]