Wampum: Stories from the shells of Native America
This touring exhibition unites contemporary indigenous artists and educators in the USA with museums and historic collections in Britain.
Wampum belts are stories of communities and culture. This exhibition centres on a newly crafted wampum belt created by the Wampanoag people of Massachusetts alongside historic material from the British Museum. Together, they explore the history, art and culture of the Native Americans who met the passengers of the Mayflower. Wampanoag artists share their story through images, ideas and wampum – the sacred shells of Native America.
Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America is presented by The Box, Plymouth and supported by Arts Council England as part of Mayflower 400.