Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

This nationally-touring exhibition comes to The Box in Plymouth from 15 May to 19 July, 2021 to mark 400 years since the Mayflower voyage.

Wampum belts are stories of communities and culture, and this unique display will feature work and materials from Native American artists and the British Museum.

Its centrepiece is 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 Collection, Lincoln, from 4 April to 17 May; the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, from 23 May to 5 July; and SeaCity Museum, Southampton, from 11 July to 31 August.

'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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