Wampum / Otgoä
This exhibit is the culmination of three hundred years of relationship building and the past four years of collaboration. This unique and unprecedented partnership between Ganondagan, the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (Paris) and the McCord Museum (Montreal) will weave a friendship between peoples and across time.
Wampum yearns to be understood, and also to deliver the meaningful messages it was assigned long ago. At Ganondagan, it will be given that opportunity once again.
The Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan (Victor, New York)
March 25 till September 17, 2023
The Wampum / Otgoä exhibit is the culmination of three hundred years of relationship building and the past four years of collaboration. This unique and unprecedented partnership between Ganondagan, the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (Paris) and the McCord Museum (Montreal) will weave a friendship between peoples and across time. Perhaps more importantly, it will pave the way for future collaborations between European and Native American Indigenous museums that are mutually…
Shell beads from North America known as wampum are more than just a raw material transformed into beads. Polished, strung and woven, exchanged and gifted, coveted and imitated, they are a valuable witness to a chapter in the history of New France (1600-1763).
This issue of Gradhiva traces the tracks of the surviving examples of wampum in France, which are among the oldest in the world. It looks at their meaning and use over time, by re-examining the past and current history and cultural practices of the Abenaki, French, Haudenousaunee and Huron peoples. Strings and belts made of wampum - the "talking beads" of Iroquoian, Algonquian, and European nations in the 17th and 18th centuries - shed new light on a diplomatic history from both sides of the…
In the history of what are generally termed the French 'Royal' collections, there is one that has always intrigued specialists, due to the age and exceptional quality of the items it comprises, from all over the world: this is the 'Cabinet of curiosities and of decorative art objects'' from the Versailles Public Library, today held by the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The Scribe Accroupi offers you a private tour of the exhibition which is devoted to it.
The Gradhiva magazine devotes a special issue to the history and collection of the "Cabinet of curiosities and art objects" of the Public Library of Versailles, now held by the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.
In 1806, the Versailles Public Library received an extraordinary collection of objects from around the world, most of which can be found today in the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The collections expanded considerably during the nineteenth century, due to the generosity of a number of Versaillais donors. When the musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro in Paris took over the collection in 1934, it comprised roughly 534 items from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.