Saturday, February 2, Full Snow Moon Gathering, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. “An Island Perspective on Wampum”. 11 a.m. to noon.
Join Aquinnah Wampanoag Researcher and Artist Elizabeth James-Perry of Original Wampum Art for an informative presentation focused on historic wampum arts, including adornment, diplomacy and record keeping from the perspective of a Native woman, which will include a demonstration of wampum weaving. Free. All welcome. Elizabeth will bring a display of her wampum jewelry for sale.
1—3:30 p.m. Traditional Wampum Bead-making workshop follows. Limited to 30 participants. Materials fee $40 per person, cash, on day of workshop. Minimum age, 15. Pre-registration recommended at Nolumbekaproject@gmail.com
Elizabeth James-Perry is enrolled with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head -Aquinnah, a community located by the richly colored clay cliffs of Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard). She is a contemporary and traditional artist, speaker and exhibit consultant. She continues the work of her many tribal mentors to shore up culture, through museum and archival research in local and international collections. In her creative process, Elizabeth focuses on early Northeastern Woodlands Native American culture, including traditional regalia, diplomacy and ancient wampum design. The artist explores the rich purple hues of the quahog shell in designing jewelry, sculpturing whale and bear effigies; and making fine beads to weave the luxurious drape of collars and belts. She has revived traditional coastal plant dyes, using them to create museum-quality textile arts in milkweed and woven quillwork. Elizabeth’s art has received national recognition; earning awards at the Heard Museum Art Show; as well as the 2014 Traditional Arts Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Weather concerns? Check www.nolumbekaproject.org for cancellation. Snow date, February 3, 2019.
Co-sponsored by DCR and a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.