Many small beads are sewn together to form a belt. Wampum belts are used to commemorate great events, treaties, and laws. It is the beads, purple and white in color, made from the Cohag shell that gives us the color of our flag. The Hiawatha wampum belt is comprised of thirty-eight rows, with a heart represented by a great tree in the center. On either side there are two squares, all are connected with the heart by white rows of wampum. The belt is the symbol of unity among the five original Nations. The first square on the right represents the Mohawk Nation, Keeper of the Eastern Door. The inner square on the right represents the Oneida Nation. The white tree of peace in the middle represents the Onondaga Nation. The Great Peace is lodged in the heart, meaning that the Haudenosaunee council fire is to burn at Onondaga, serving as the capitol of the Haudenosaunee. The inner square to the left of the heart represents the Cayuga Nation. The last square, the one furthest to the left represents the Seneca Nation, known as the Keepers of the Western Door. The two lines extending from each side of the squares of the belt, from the Mohawk and Seneca Nations, represent a path of peace that other Nations are welcome to travel in order to take shelter beneath the Great Tree of Peace.
On the hiawatha belt Oneida is represented by the second square from the right. From left to right seneca(western door), cayuga, onondaga, oneida, then mohawk(eastern door).
-The Two Row Wampum Treaty -Wolf belt -Huron belt -Covanant belt
it was used as a belt
To symbolize what the people were like. Whom ever wore what kind of wampum belt.
I'm all out of wampum. These dark purple shells will make the wampum necklace more valuable.
the meaning is friendship
I don't think Hiawatha ever saw the Hiawatha belt. It is named after him though as he is credited with being the founder (or one of the founders) of the Iroquois Confederacy (also known as the Haudenosaunee Confederacy or the Great League of Peace). The belt depicts the five nations of the Confederacy, linked by a white line symbolizing the Great League.
Strings or Belts with white or purple shells. They have a message.
The characteristics of a wampum belt is it is made out of white and purple beads and made of certain kinds of seashell's. Each string or belt holds a different message. The use of wampum stings or belts suggested the seriousness of the message and the sincerity of whoever made it. A wampum keeper was responsible for caring for the wampum and reading it. The reader would pass this hand over top of it ,bead by bead using the texture top remind him of the event or treaties it recorded. Wampum keepers were chosen by the clan they trained at a young age younger then 12 to remember the information on the belts and tell it in a dramatic and poetic way. Iroquois women made the wampum belts.
Because Godzz Ballzzz got in the way it went unknown
The Great Law of Peace (Gayanashagowa) of the Iroquois Six Nations (Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) was the oral constitution that bound together the Iroquois Confederacy. It was written on wampum belt, and was conceived by Deganawidah, known as The Great Peacemaker, and his spokesman, Hiawatha.