Photographs (left to right): Arches National Park, UT; Lichens, Ridgecrest, CA: Spanish Moss, Kingsley Plantation, FL

Wampum Belt Archive


August 06 2017

Anishinabe Water is Sacred Belt

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The Thunderbirds eye, heart and lightning consists of historic (370 year-old) shell wampum.
Belt design and creation: Richard D. Hamell August 2017.Gift presented to Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), The “Water Walker”
September 2017.

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes.

Original Size:
Beaded length: 41.0 inches by 7.0 inches. Total/fringe:: 65.0 inches
included 142 half beads and 54 original shell wampum (1650)
257 columns by 14 rows. Total Beads: 3,767 beads
Warp: Deer Leather. Weft: Artificial Sinew.



Belt design depicted all types of prescription from the Sky World, Surface and ground water. Thunderbird in center.


Hamell, Richard D. [email protected]