Friends support The Box’s Native American art commission
The Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (FPCMAG) have donated £2500 to The Box for its first-ever work by a Native American artist.
The funding is for a ceramic cooking pot based on the historic designs that would have been used inside traditional Wampanoag dwellings in the 1600s.
The pot will be one of the many items on display in The Box’s ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition when it opens in 2020, and is being made by Ramona Peters.
Peters, also known as Nosapocket, is a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation. Working in partnership with Wampanaog cultural agency SmokeSygnals, she has already started developing the piece and is making great progress.
Once the ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition has finished the pot will become part of The Box’s permanent collections.
Stefan Aloszko, Chair of the Friends said: ‘We immediately recognised the greater cultural significance of Ramona Peters’ elegant Wampanoag cooking pot. It’s a work that that allows us to appreciate the universal importance of the shared bonds that we experience through culinary heritage and subsequent ideas of home, community and conversation. For the Friends this piece is a most welcome addition to the city’s permanent collections.”
Members of the FPCMAG recently visited The Box’s construction site for a hard hat tour and officially presented a cheque to CEO Paul Brookes and exhibition curator Jo Loosemore.
Paul Brookes, CEO for The Box said: “The Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery have helped fund many important acquisitions for our collections over the years. We’re very grateful for their continued support, particularly for an object which is so symbolic and which will be a real legacy from our Mayflower 400 activities.”
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The Wampanoag, also known as the People of the First Light, are one of the many Nations of people who lived all over North America long before the Europeans arrived. Today there are two Wampanoag Nations in Massachusetts – the Mashpee and Aquinnah – with a combined population of just over 5,000. Their ancestors were the people who met the passengers of the Mayflower when they arrived 400 years ago.
‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’
The ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition will be on display at The Box from April 2020 to late summer/early autumn 2021. It will explore early English attempts to colonise America, recognise conflict and coexistence with Native America, address the political and religious context for the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620, detail the lives of its passengers, and consider the cultural, demographic and personal legacies of the story.