English Version of the Journal Gradhiva n° 33

Wampum - Beads of Diplomacy in New France

Discover all the articles and archival sources from our recent issue in French translated into English, accessible to all in digital version.

This publication brings together specialists in wampum and Native American culture and thought to question key concepts associated with wampum. It aims at promoting permeability between disciplinary boundaries and a collaborative approach.


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Current and Past Events

Exhibition « Wampum. Beads of Diplomacy in New France »

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).

Gradhiva n°33 - Wampum : les perles de la diplomatie

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…

Private Viewing of the Exhibition "An Inquisitive Prince"

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.

Special Issue « Paris/Versailles »

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.

September 18, 2021 - Exhibition "The Curiosity of a Prince"

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.

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