Making a wampum belt
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Making a wampum belt by Angela Elijah

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Published by Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Language Preservation Project in Hagersville ON] .
Written in English


  • Wampum belts

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Edition Notes

Cover title.

Statementwritten and photographed by Angela Elijah
SeriesKeepers of our ways series
The Physical Object
Pagination12 leaves :
Number of Pages12
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26536555M

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Book Pub., - Juvenile Nonfiction- pages 0Reviews The history of the Iroquois Confederacy, its treaties, the deaths of chiefs, and important events in the life of its people are written in. Above you will see an example of a fully completed wampum belt! Lauren made this one to honor how much she loved her Dad for his birthday. She did this by figuring out how to use the beads in her belt to write "I. learning about Wampum Belts students can create a modern day Wampum belt on graph paper. This design should convey an image that has meaning. 2. For a more in-depth project you could have students, working with same observation group, research one of the Six Haudenosaunee Tribes and create a belt design that illustrates their particular tribe and. Wampum was made up of valuable purple quahog shells and white whelk shells. The Indians would put holes in the shells and string them to make jewelry or belts. These wampum belts would be used for trading, as a sign of status, to communicate a threat of war or .

27 Wampum Belts Nation-to-Nation Relationships. Wampum beads and wampum belts are a powerful tool for recording, affirming, interpreting, and enshrining events of significance for First Peoples on Turtle Island.. Wampum belts consist of carefully placed strings of knotted wampum beads, which are made from quahog clam, whelk, or cowrie shells (Muller, ; Windatt, a). Hiawatha Wampum Belt. The Hiawatha Belt is perhaps the most well known of the wampum belts. It is a symbol of the agreement between the five original Haudenosaunee nations and their promise to live in unity and stand by one another in times of trouble. The four white squares stand for the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations.   Making Wampum Beads. Wampum beads had a lot of significance in ancient history because the process of making them was strenuous. Once the round clam shells were acquired, they were broken into purple or white cubes. White wampum was a symbol of peace while purple wampum was a symbol of more serious/political matters. Let’s make a deal! Explore the use of symmetry and pattern seen on wampum treaty belts. Design a treaty belt of your own in a similar fashion using Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers!

  Wampum are a traditional means of recording agreements among the original Indigenous inhabitants of Canada, both between peoples and with settlers. This belt, the Covenant Chain Wampum, records one of the most important treaties in North American history and stands as a reminder of the importance of relationships today. Some crafts to go with wampum lessons would be this noodle wampum that I shared a few years ago, you could also use purple pencils with graph paper to design your own or use purple and white beads and string a belt with several strings to make the pattern. I would love to see what you make or design so please share it with me!! Wampum belt depicting the five nations of The Great Law of Peace. Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author. Marcus Hendricks continues the tradition of making Wampum beads by hand.