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Part of Mayflower 400, a commemoration of the anniversary of the ship’s sailing from England to America, this exhibition brings together work by contemporary indigenous artists from the Native American Wampanoag Nation with museums and historic collections in the UK.

The display centres on a new wampum belt created with beads made of shell. Wampum belts are strings of beads that were traditionally used for storytelling, ceremonial gifts, and recording important treaties and historical events. This particular belt tells the story of the Wampaonag, while the White Pine in the centre represents the tree whose roots gave birth to the tribe according to their tradition.

Told by Wampanoag voices all round, this exhibition explores the history of the Wampaonag but also focuses on their life in America today, exploring the impact of colonialism and aspirations for the future.

Decorative artsSouth WestArt gallery

The Box, Plymouth

Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AX

01752 304774


Opening times

10am - 5pm Tue to Sun and Bank Holidays

Advance tickets must be booked in advance via our website for the time being.

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