Wampanoag Lifeways with David Weeden - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Wampanoag Lifeways with David Weeden

A painting of a waterfall in the forest. There is a group of Native Americans perched on the jagged rocks at the base of the waterfall where it turns into a river.
John Frederick Kensett (American, 1816-1872), Waterfall in the Woods with Indians, 1850. Oil on canvas, 17 x 24 in. (43.2 x 61 cm). Douglas and Cynthia Crocker Collection. Image courtesy of Christie’s.

Tuesday, March 21st

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum and David Weeden, THPO/Director of the Tribes a historic preservation department, as he discusses ties between the Wampanoag Tribe and the museum’s recent exhibition, Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes. Weeden will touch upon the current challenges facing the tribe, affirm a (thriving) presence in this region, and describe the ways in which the Mashpee Wampanoag act as custodians of culture, language, and the environment.

The reception will be catered by Sly Fox, the Charleston, RI eatery owned and operated by recent James Beard Award regional nominee Sherry Pocknett (Mashpee Wampanoag).

About the Exhibition
Re/Framing the View: Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes is an exciting and timely invitation to view paintings held in private hands and usually hung behind closed doors – allowing exploration of the many meanings of the American landscape, both historically to nineteenth-century viewers and today for twenty-first century audiences. The exhibition offers a layered interpretation of the cultural and historical meaning of such paintings. Themes explored include the environmental and cultural violence underlying nineteenth-century American landscape painting, including manifest destiny, settler colonialism, and Native removal; material extraction and industrial expansion; agricultural development and fisheries; and global exploration and imperialist projects. By interrogating the place of gender, race and ethnicity, as well as environment and ecology, we re/frame the view and stage meaningful conversations about historical and contemporary issues and events. To learn more about or visit the exhibition, visit Reframing the View Exhibition page.

This major publication and landmark exhibition have been made possible by funding from:

The William M. Wood Foundation, Cynthia and Douglas Crocker, Victoria and David Croll, KAM Appliances, Louis M. Ricciardi & Elizabeth M. Soares, Mary Jean and William Blasdale, an anonymous donor, and other individual sponsors.