Photographs (left to right): Cedar Breaks National Park, Utah; Cedar Breaks National Park, Utah; Rush, New York

Wampum Belt Archive


Ransom/Adoption Belt

Reproduction (Hamell April 10, 2008)

Original Size:

Estimated to be about 3 feet in length. Clarke suggest about 1/2 of its length has been removed.

Beaded length: 31.5 inches. Width: 3.0 inches. 54 inches with fringe.
Rows: 198 by 6 wide: 1,188 beads
Warp: deer leather. Weft: artificial sinew.

An all white beads could be use for adoption or payment to a family for their loss. Such an offering was to advert retribution.


Tehanetorens. 1999. Wampum Belts of the Iroquois. Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN.