Native jewelry in the Eastern Woodlands tradition of excellence
Using natural materials, native artist Elizabeth James Perry of the Aquinnah Wampanoag practices the art of making wampum jewelry, a traditional craft passed down through generations. Her deep respect for traditional wampum-making are evidenced in these meticulously crafted and freshly-inspired designs.
Shells were sculpted; some used to make beads, which were then woven with geometric designs into rich purple and white belts and collars. This form, called "wampum" from the Wampanoag word* for the white shell beads: Wampumpeag, is culturally significant to eastern Native nations, who use the belts for ceremonial observances, for trade; historically to record messages and treaties, for inlay, and as an especially wholesome form of adornment.
Pendants on linen braided straps of 30" length.
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