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Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James Perry
October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Join Aquinnah Wampanoag, whaling descendant, and marine scientist Elizabeth James Perry as she discusses her exhibition and how it connects to her family history, Wampanoag culture, and 400-years of environmental change and adaptation. In this hour-long interactive discussion, Elizabeth, along with the Museum’s Curator of Social History Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes and other panelists, will share the importance of future generations taking an active role in exploring history, community connections, and awareness of and capacity for cultural adaptation to regional environment change. Elizabeth will provide a Native American perspective on the past and invite diverse perspectives on what the future looks like for the environment upon which Native peoples and the general public depend for sustenance, especially, but also for art, culture, and recreation.
An exhibition by artist Elizabeth James-Perry titled Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens is currently on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Through local, indigenous, contemporary art, the exhibition highlights native community connections to the living environment and ocean (especially around the New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard areas), and it emphasizes changes that indigenous and non-indigenous New Englanders adapted to and are adapting to. From a native perspective, this exhibition conceptualizes the significance of the 2020 quadricentennial of the arrival of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.