Native Waters; Native Lands Celebration

Friday, October 27

11:00 a.m.

Community Programs

Reserve Tickets

CAM Green, 13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA
Free and open to the public, registration required.

2023 marks the 400 years since English colonizers first settled on the land that is now called Gloucester. To mark this anniversary, the Cape Ann Museum has been coordinating Native Waters; Native Lands, a collaborative partnership between the Museum, the Gloucester 400+ Anniversary Committee, Discover Gloucester, the City of Gloucester, and SmokeSygnals, a Wampanoag curatorial firm. With support from the local partners, SmokeSygnals created a wetu (traditional structure) at the Cape Ann Museum Green in May 2023 and a mush8n (traditional canoe) at Stage Fort Park for A Celebration of Place: The Cultural Heritage Festival presented by the Gloucester 400+ Anniversary Committee on October 7 and 8, 2023.

Together, the wetu and mush8n highlight how Native communities live, travel, and fish in this region both historically and today. Starting on Friday, October 27 and continuing through 2024 and 2025, the wetu and mush8n will be displayed together at CAM Green to continue the conversation about Native Waters; Native Lands in Gloucester. Visit CAM Green to experience the completed initiative and meet representatives from SmokeSygnals and the local partner organizations.

This project is funded in part by the Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative, the City of Gloucester, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, and the Cape Ann Museum.


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