What Is A Wampum Agreement
Wampum belts and other wampum pearl artifacts continue to be important to Aboriginal peoples and any treaties or agreements they may represent. Today, the sun sets in the west, as was man in the 1600s. So that hasn`t changed. The grass is still green. There is a stream next to my house, and the water is flowing. This agreement that we reached at the time is still effective for us. 3. Treaty Commemoration: Any important treaty signed between other nations and the Iroquais has been honored with a wampum belt. The belts were also used to register treaties between indigenous peoples and Europeans. Each wampum belt model had a different meaning/represented a different chord. When the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch discovered each other, an agreement was reached on how they should behave and live together. Each of their paths would be shown in the purple rows that run the length of a wampum belt. “In a row is a ship with the paths of our White Brothers; in the other, a canoe with our trails.
Everyone will roll side by side the flow of life. Neither will attempt to fly the other ship. Wampumperlen and Wampumg-rtel are a powerful tool for recording, validating, interpreting and creating important events for First People on Turtle Island. At the bottom is a friendship belt of Fort Detroit in 1701. It represents an agreement that has been reached between the Ojibwa, the Potawatomi, the Odawa and a fourth unknown nation. The meaning and origin of the belt above is unknown (Windatt, 2016). It is not possible to definitively answer the question of which materials were exchanged, or not, during the first negotiation of the contract. While it is possible that a two-row wampum belt may be included in the first negotiations of the contract, there is no demonstrable evidence to support this assertion. However, there is evidence in the form of hedenosaunee oral tradition that wampum belts, if not in the initial negotiations, then at least in the first renewal rituals (of which there are many) between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch (later the British). According to Parmenter: Indeed, no documentary evidence (including wampum, which is very fragile) has been preserved from the initial negotiations of 1613. But, as Parmenter points out: When wampum belts became popular at important events, they began to be considered sacred and very valuable. The first settlers discovered it and learned to mass-produce them and to think that they were being used as money.
In fact, some Europeans used the wampum belt as currency, but local communities never used them as such. Wampum Pearls earned their fame when founding the League of Five Nations. But it already existed. Hiawatha sponsored and regulated the use of the wampum. He pleaded for Wampum to be a symbol of peace. The term wampum means shells. The large chain belt, Covenant or George Washington was the belt that George Washington had made and which he had presented at the Haudenosaunee during the Contract of Canandaigua in 1794. The belt is six meters long and features human figures and a longhouse. Thirteen human characters symbolize the young and newly created United States. Two figures and the house symbolize the Haudenosaunee – the figures represent the Mohawk (guardian of the Gate of the Eatsern) and the Seneca (guardian of the west gate).
Each of the characters is bound by a wampum belt to a chain of friendship representing the alliance between the United States and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.