Mayflower 400 Southampton

A Passport to Wampanoag Culture

The Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers have shared their history, culture and traditions with audiences from around the world. Their performances, led by Wampanoag tribal members, involves a mix of stories, crafts, music and dancing. Throughout the performance the audience is encouraged to join the performers in song and dance; experiencing the art first-hand.


Importance of Song and Dance

As a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, song and dance are such important parts of our culture and traditions. Too often we are saturated in the contemporary world around us. The sound of the drum and pattern of dance is a great way to keep ourselves grounded in our traditions. It also gives us an opportunity to educate the public about who we are and to breakdown some of the painful stereotypes that have characterized our people for too long.

Watch the video below, produced by SmokeSygnals and funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, to find out more.

In discussion with Paula Peters

To welcome the opening of the SeaCity exhibition: Wampum, Stories from the Shells of Native America, Paula Peter, Cllr Kaur and Cllr Blatchford discuss the Wampanoag matriarchal society and Native traditions.

Zoom Transcript.

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