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The Wampum are sacred shell beads used by most of the Eastern Woodlands Tribes. They're made from the inner spiral of a spiral sea shell. They were used by the Natives to decorate sacred objects, and to make the renowned Wampum Belts. When the Europeans came, they used Wampum shells as a medium of exchange, which the natives had not done until then.

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Why is wampum important to Native Americans?

Wampum was important to SOME American Indian. Some northeastern tribes used wampum belts as a monetary system to trade for furs or whatever was valued at the time. More importantly, those wampum belts would tell the family history of the maker.

What did the designs on wampum record?

You mean wampum belts, not wampum which simply refers to the shell beads from which belts were made (the Wampanoag word Wampumpeag = small white shell beads).Wampum belts were not produced until after contact with Europeans, so it is likely that they were influenced by European writing and documents; since they natives could not write they recorded important events such as treaties or agreements in pictorial (pictographic) form on wampum belts.The link below takes you to an image of Tsawanhohi holding a wampum belt, 1825:

The designs on the wampum recorded?

important events, treaties and agreements

Why is wampum important to the Iroquois?

It was a belt used to tell stories.

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Why was the wampum belts important to the Iroquois?

becuse they are fuckings wild indians

What is a sentence with wampum?

I'm all out of wampum. These dark purple shells will make the wampum necklace more valuable.

Why is wampum so important to Iroquois?

Because they were used as money, ceremonial pledges and ornaments.

Did the Algonquin's have sacred objects?

Sacred beads called wampum, made from small shells, played an important role in Algonquin rituals; wampum were used in ceremonial jewelry, belts and sashes.

What is the purpose of the wampum?

For decorating on them such as the wampum belt, it is used as a belt. The wampum beads is used to make a necklace. From: Eric N.

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