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Wampum played a big part in the lives of Native Americans.  Wampum is a shell that comes from the ocean.  Natives used wampum and strings to make belts.  These belts were used for special purposes and for special meanings.  Examples are:

  • for Treaties
  • for a Condolence
  • for Messages
  • for Invitations
  • for Indentification

All of these wampum tell a story and have a special purpose.  They have been recited for years and is done even today.

Examples of Wampum:

George Washington Wampum


William Penn Wampum

Hiawatha Belt