Exhibition Exploring the Native American Wampanoag Story
An ambitious new touring exhibition has been announced as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. 'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America' aims to unite contemporary indigenous artists in the USA with historic museum collections in the UK, and puts the Native American Wampanoag nation’s story front and centre.
The Wampanoag Nation has inhabited present-day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island, where the Mayflower passengers famously arrived in 1620, for more than 12,000 years. Yet for almost 400 years, the impact of the Mayflower’s arrival on the Wampanoag Nation has been widely marginalised in the telling of Mayflower history.
Told by Wampanoag voices throughout, this new exhibition will tour four locations across the UK, uniting contemporary indigenous artists and educators in the USA with museums and historic collections in the UK.
It features the first artistic commission from the UK to acknowledge our cultural connection to the Wampanoag Native American nation - a new wampum belt. For more information click here.
Start Date: Fri 22 May 2020
End Date: Thu 04 Jun 2020
Guildhall Art Gallery
Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE