The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster continues its Nature Screen film series with “Native America: Nature to Nations” a PBS NOVA documentary on Wednesday, November 17, at 11:30 AM.

Centering on the democracy of New York’s Haudenosaunee Peoples, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, “Nature to Nations” reveals how elements of the natural world drive governance in Native America.

Marcus Hendricks, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is featured in the episode collecting the shells of quahogs in Cape Cod waters for the making of beads used to create wampum belts. The importance of wampum belts in Native America is to call meetings, elect chiefs, and record laws.

The film is free with museum admission.

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