Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America' comes to The Collection Museum in Lincoln to mark 400 years since the Mayflower voyage.

Wampum belts are stories of communities and culture, and this nationally-touring exhibition features work and materials from Native American artists and the British Museum.

Its centrepiece will be a newly-crafted wampum belt created by the Wampanoag people of the Mashpee and Aquinnah nations.

The aim is to unite contemporary indigenous artists and educators in the USA with museums and historic collections in Britain.

Linda Coombs and Paula Peters

Together, they will explore the history, art and culture of the Native Americans who met the passengers of the Mayflower when they arrived in North America.

Wampanoag artists share their story through images, ideas and wampum - the sacred shells of Native America.

The exhibition will also visit the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, from 23 May to 5 July; SeaCity Museum, Southampton, from 11 July to 31 August and The Box, Plymouth, from 5 September to 24 October.

'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.

The Wampum Belt

Paula Peters holding the Wampum Belt

Wampum Beads

Paula Peters works on the Wampum Belt

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