Wampanoag Scholar, Paula Peters, her team at SmokeSygnals and the Wampanoag Advisory Committee have been working with the Mayflower 400 team in Southampton for the last year to ensure the Wampanoag people are part of our programme. Funding secured from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has allowed us to work together on numerous projects.
Robert Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer and poet was invited to judge the Mayflower 400 themed Open Exhibition by Southampton City Art Gallery. Robert was able to give his unique artistic opinions on over 450 works submitted to the exhibition. You can see the winning entries to the exhibition here: ’In Search of a New World’ – Open Exhibition 2020
Wampanoag dancers and musicians have recorded themselves performing traditional Native American dances. They’ve taken to the camera to explain more about their culture and what performing means to them. This is a unique opportunity for Wampanoag artists to share their culture with UK audiences and increase understanding across borders. A Passport to Wampanoag Culture.
Opening at SeaCity Museum on Saturday 15th August; Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America is a touring exhibition presented by The Box, Plymouth in partnership with SmokeSygnals, Massachusetts, and supported by Arts Council England as part of the Mayflower 400 programme. This is the first time a newly-crafted wampum belt created by the Wampanoag people of the Mashpee and Aquinnah nations will be displayed in the UK. Wampum belts are stories of communities and culture, and this unique display will feature work and materials from Native American artists and items on loan from Saffron Walden Museum. Read more.
Paula Peters has been working with our education providers, Oasis Academy (Mayfield), to develop new education resources for schools. The education resources, due to be released in September, focus on telling the Mayflower story from both the perspective of the European settlers and the Native Americans. This is the first time Wampanoag people have co-curated education materials for UK students. The project is linked to School of Sanctuary and you can read more about that here.
In November, in partnership with Southampton Film Week, Paula Peters’ documentary ‘Mashpee Nine’ will be screened. The film recounts details of a police raid, arrest and court trial of nine Wampanoag tribal members who were drumming on the Mashpee Pond campsite July 29, 1976 in Mashpee, Massachusetts. After the screening, Paula will be available via a virtual Q&A. More information on how to book tickets coming in the autumn.
Wampanoag representatives have also been invited to feature in our ‘Tuesday Talks’ programme, which we aim to run between August – November 2020.
All images courtesy of SmokeSygnals