Bassetlaw Museum hosts Wampanoag Perspectives Conference

Bassetlaw Museum hosts Wampanoag Perspectives Conference

Bassetlaw Museum and Pilgrims Gallery are inviting people to attend the Wampanoag Perspectives Conference, an online event that explores the themes of acceptance, migration and freedom. The conference continues the conversation sparked by the Wampanoag Perspective Project and presents the opportunity to learn more about Wampanoag history and culture.

The conference will feature various case studies that examine past and present injustices and highlight the work of projects and groups that seek to share histories more accurately. The event will include talks from key speakers such as Paula Peters, founder of SmokeSygnals and citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and Lord John Mann, an independent advisor on anti-Semitism.

Paula Peters, expert on Wampanoag History said: “It’s been inspiring to forge new connections overseas. Connections that have deepened our understanding of the world around us and challenged the assumptions we once held as truth. Exploring ideological absolutes – civility and savagery, and freedom and tyranny – throughout the conference will hopefully allow us to grow into a better people tomorrow.”

The Wampanoag Perspectives Conference comprises of two sessions, “Reflecting on the Past” and “Looking to the Future”. During each session, attendees can choose what speakers they would like to listen to by joining one of several breakout sessions:

Reflecting on the Past

  • Steven Peters – Citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Creative Director of SmokeSygnals.
  • Emily Miller - Head of Learning & Partnerships at the Migration Museum
  • David Weidner - Executive Director of Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, MA.


Looking to the Future

  • Hartman Deetz, artist, activist, historian and citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • M Dassu - author of the children’s book Boy Everywhere and
    Helen Tamblyn-Saville - children's bookshop owner
  • Tracey Lack, Wendy Sherburn, Leanne Shaw and Mushrat Javaid who ensure diverse groups have access to essential services and opportunities across Nottinghamshire.

The conference is part of the Wampanoag Perspective cultural exchange project, funded by the Arts Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Bassetlaw District Council. The week-long visit to Bassetlaw in September 2021 was an engaging opportunity to local students, residents and visitors to learn about Wampanoag culture and history.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council said: “The visit of representatives of the Wampanoag Nation was a great experience for residents, schools and visitors to Bassetlaw. Now we are pleased to be able to share the project story more widely and invite an international audience to engage with issues raised by the Wampanoag perspective.”

Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Economic Development and Asset Management Committee said: “The Wampanoag Perspective Project has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the unique culture of Native American traditions and how future generations can learn more about the importance of acceptance and inclusion.

“The visit of representatives of the Wampanoag Nation to Bassetlaw in September also gave us a greater understanding of the history surrounding the Mayflower Pilgrims story and the Wampanoag people and I am sure the forthcoming conference will be equally thought-provoking.”

The conference will take place on Thursday 20 January 2022, 2pm - 6pm (Greenwich Mean Time).  

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022