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  1. Wampum Belts By: Beth Zimowski

  2. What were wampum belts used for? • The Haudenosaunee used them to record important events, such as deaths or peace treaties • When the Europeans arrived, they began using wampum as money

  3. Some important wampum belts are… • The Hiawatha Belt • The Two Row Wampum Belt • The George Washington Belt

  4. Hiawatha Wampum Belt • Represents the Original Five Nations

  5. Two Row Wampum Belt • Represents a treaty of peace between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch settlers

  6. The George Washington Belt • Represents the alliance between the United States and the Haudenosaunee

  7. The Keepers of the Wampum • The Onondaga Nation are known as the keepers of the wampum.

  8. A Message of Truth • As long as a messenger carried a wampum string or belt, everyone knew that the messenger’s words were true and could be trusted.

  9. What were wampum belts made from? • Wampum belts’ beads were made of shells, usually quahog clam shells • Two colors were mainly used: White andPurple