Photographs (left to right): Paper Wasp Nest, Rush, New York; Tree Resting on Rock, Adirondacks, New York: Hornets Nest, Rush, New York

Wampum Belt Archive

Antlers of the Chiefs

Reproduction - R. D. Hamell


Original Size:
Length: 24.2 inches. Width 3.4 inches. Rows: 158 long; 10 beads wide. Cordage
Beaded Length: 26.0 inches. Width: 4.6 inches. Length/fringe: 50.0 inches.
Length: 159 rows by 10 rows wide. Total Beads 1,590.
Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.


The V represents the antlers of the chiefs and the white background represents that the chiefs must always have a peaceful mind when making their decisions and deliberations (Jacobs, 2012). Six Nation's Belt. Exchanged from NMAI 17/9673 (Rautenstrauch-Joes Museum 1969, purchased from Walter C. Wyman 1931. Repatriated to the Haudenosaunee Council 1997.


Stolle, Nickolaus. 2016. Talking Beads: The history of wampum as a value and knowledge bearer, from its very first beginnings until today. Hamburg, Germany. ISSN 1437-7837