Wampum Belts By: Beth Zimowski
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
Some important wampum belts are… • The Hiawatha Belt • The Two Row Wampum Belt • The George Washington Belt
Hiawatha Wampum Belt • Represents the Original Five Nations
Two Row Wampum Belt • Represents a treaty of peace between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch settlers
The George Washington Belt • Represents the alliance between the United States and the Haudenosaunee
The Keepers of the Wampum • The Onondaga Nation are known as the keepers of the wampum.
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.
What were wampum belts made from? • Wampum belts’ beads were made of shells, usually quahog clam shells • Two colors were mainly used: White andPurple