Jamestown Historical Society

Wampum, Then and Now: The Saga of the Shell Across the Centuries

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Mar 29 2022
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Sign up for this FREE conversation between noted Narragansett wampum craftsman Alan Hazard and Peter Fay of the JHS, by clicking below:

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The JHS presents a discussion of the profound influence that Wampum has had both in Indigenous culture and colonial history. It’s power traverses culture and time to signify multiple meanings, even contradictory ones to different peoples. A spiritual gift, a tribute to power, an exchange of monetary value — all these meanings rose and fell over centuries. But the meanings and uses to Indigenous people continue to grow, as do the skills and craftsmanship used in its creation. Speakers: Peter Fay and Allen Hazard.

The island of Conanicut was purchased from Narragansett Sachem Cajanaquant in 1657 “for one hundred pounds, to be paid in wampum and peage.” But long before it was drawn into commerce by Europeans, wampum had other uses. Its power traverses culture and time to signify multiple meanings – even contradictory ones – to different peoples. A spiritual gift, a tribute to power, an exchange of monetary value – all these meanings rose and fell over centuries. But today the meanings and uses by Indigenous people continue to grow, as do the skills and craftsmanship used in its creation.

Sponsored by the Jamestown Historical Society.

Alan-Hazard
Allen Hazard, Narragansett Wampum Craftsman.