Re-Informed

Mayflower 400 UK has been presenting three series of digital programmes in the build-up to the 400-year anniversary of the ship's historic voyage.

One of those series is Re-informed, which allows artists and producers to give an insight to their work.

Watch our episodes below to explore the Mayflower story - without shying away from its challenging history.

  • Re-informed: Toby Gorniak

    Toby Gorniak is the founder of Street Factory, an award-winning hip hop community interest company that helps young people, artists and practitioners grow and seize their potential.

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  • Re-informed: Paula Peters

    In the second of our Re-informed series, we talk to Paula Peters, founder of Native American creative agency SmokeSygnals and a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation.

    Speaking from her home in Mashpee, Massachusetts, Paula explores the Mayflower story from a Native American point of view, and discusses the impact it had - and continues to have - on the Wampanoag Nation.

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  • Re-informed: Still/Moving

    We speak to the team behind Speedwell, the stunning light installation on Plymouth's Mount Batten Breakwater.speak to the team behind Speedwell, the stunning light installation on Plymouth's Mount Batten Breakwater.

    Artists Laura Hopes, Martin Hampton and Léonie Hampton explain how Speedwell asks visitors to imagine new worlds of living, caring and dying well together and invites visitors to add their own voices in response to the sculpture.

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  • Re-informed: Speedwell

    For this Re-informed video we return to Speedwell, the large-scale art installation that has transformed the Mount Batten Breakwater in Plymouth.

    The artists who created the installation respond to some of the public’s thoughts and feedback to the artwork and we speak to the team of volunteer Mayflower Makers who have been canvassing public opinion - as well as getting their thoughts on what Speedwell represents.

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  • Re-informed: A Letter to the Pilgrims

    This powerful video is directly aimed at the passengers of the Mayflower.

    It is called 'Letter to the Pilgrims’ and is a message from the Wampanoag tribe of today. It is meant to represent the words the Native American tribe would have said to the colonists before they arrived on their shores, if they had the chance.

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  • Re-informed: The Day of Mourning 2020

    The National Day of Mourning marks 50 years since the people of the Wampanoag refused to accept the one-dimensional telling of the Thanksgiving story and were no longer willing to be silenced.

    This video seeks to tell that story in partnership with Plymouth 400 and Native American marketing agency SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications.

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  • Re-informed: A Few To The Many

    This short film in our Mayflower 400 ‘Re-informed’ series goes behind the scenes of a new film called A Few To The Many by artist Hetain Patel, which delves deeper into the Mayflower story and the lasting impact and legacy of those on board.

    A Few To The Many is being produced in partnership with students from Inspire Learning based in the Bassetlaw area of Nottinghamshire – a region which was home to many of the leading figures behind the Mayflower’s voyage. This project will explore how a few people became many, and the experience of those left behind.

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  • Re-informed: Voices of 2020

    In a year like no other in recent memory, Mayflower 400 has tried to tell the story of the anniversary of the ship’s sailing in a more holistic way than has ever been done in previous commemorations.

    This collection of quotes from our Re-informed series demonstrates how the commemoration has sought to view the anniversary from multiple angles, reflecting on the impact the voyage had and the consequences of our shared history.

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  • Re-informed: The Making of the Wetu

    This film in our 'Re-informed' digital series enables viewers to discover what life was like before the Mayflower passengers arrived in America and how the Native American people lived their lives before they were changed forever by colonisation.

    We speak to Darius Coombs, one of the designers of a specially-commissioned Wetu that is hoped to travel to the UK later this year and go on display in the grounds of Bassetlaw Museum in Nottinghamshire - close to the homes of Mayflower passengers such as the Bradford and Brewster families.

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  • Re-informed: The meeting of the Passengers and the Native American people

    This Re-informed film looks at what happened when the Mayflower passengers first met the Native American people on whose land they had chosen to settle.

    Our video considers how did an alliance form between these two groups of people and what led to it being broken and ultimately end in war?

     

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  • Re-Informed: Some Call It Home

    This short film in the Mayflower 400 ‘Re-informed’ digital series goes behind the scenes of a provocative multimedia music drama which has just premiered at Theatre Royal Plymouth.

    Some Call It Home is a contemporary classical piece which forms a hugely important part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

     

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  • Re-Informed: The Elephant in the Room

    Watch this video from our ’Re-Informed series and discover more about The Elephant in the Room - one of the signature digital events in the Mayflower 400 programme.

    This ground-breaking short film by Plymouth-based performance company Beyond Face explores the different themes behind this historical journey in 1620 and the impacts it has had in the 400 years since.

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  • We Are Still Here

    We Are Still Here explores 400 years of Wampanoag history and how the arrival of European colonists would forever change their way of life - which stretches back 12,000 years.

    This video explores the Wampanoag story and how in 2020, the Nation’s people are very much still here as an integral part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the Mayflower’s sailing on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • The Making of the Wampum Belt

    The creation of a new Wampum Belt by the Native American Wampanoag Nation is one of the cornerstones of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing, and it is told in a powerful new short film.

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  • Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

    Wampum belts are the closest thing to written history for Wampanoag people - and the creation of a new belt is the focus of this fascinating short film.

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  • 'Our story' - 400 years of Wampanoag history

    'Our' Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History is a new exhibit in Massachusetts and has conceptualised, researched, and produced by SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications and The Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council Inc.

    The exhibit is part of Plymouth 400, Inc.'s Signature Programs and Events and, until the pandemics, had been traveling throughout New England to various museums, schools, community centres, festivals and even the Massachusetts State House.

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