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Art of Wampum Exhibit Opening - Lecture w/ Rich Hamell

  • Fri, November 05, 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • CAP ArtSpace - Inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

WHEN: Friday November 5th, 5:30pm - First Friday Gallery Night

WHERE: CAP ArtSpace in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.


The Art of Wampum is a month long display showcasing replica wampum belts woven by Rich Hamell of Ganondagan State Historic Site, and wampum inspired prints by Brandon Lazore (Onondaga Nation) exploring the histories and meanings captured in the traditional belt designs and the historic events they symbolize.

For the exhibit opening in tandem with First Friday Gallery Night, Rich Hamell will give a lecture on the 'Historic Significance of Wampum' and his process in weaving replica wampum belts based on the traditional designs. Histories and significance about the designs and modern indigenous stories represented in the modern wampum belts will also be shared. This program will also be live streamed and added to our YouTube and Vimeo platforms. Due to covid-19 there will be a audience capacity for the in-person event. 

Historic wampum replicas on display: Canandaigua Treaty Belt, Dust Fan/Ever-growing Tree Belt, Remembrance Belt, Unity of the Clans Belt, Women's Nomination Belt, and Two Row. 

Modern wampum belt designs on display: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Belt, Residential School Children Remembrance Belt, Three Sisters Wampum. 

Wampum art prints by Brandon Lazore on display (also for sale through the Downtown Visitors Gift Shop through December 2021) - 21 Wampums, Snipe Clan, Wampum Twist, Wave Belt, Women's Nomination Mural (the original design for the mural previously on display on the Green St. Parking Garage prior to demolition during the spring of 2021). 


This exhibit is part of the Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods exhibit series and is sponsored in part by Chloe Capital

The History Center is located in the traditional traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Nation (often known by the mispronunciation Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more here.

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Territory


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