Photographs (left to right): Armadillo, Blue Springs, Alligator, Florida

Wampum Belt Archive


Four French Forts Belt

Glass tube bead replica by Perry Ground

Reproduction (R. D. Hamell)

Nov. 15 2009


Original Size:



Beaded length: 40.5 inches. Width: 5.5 inches. Length w/fringe: 64.5 inches.


Rows: 233 by 12 beads wide. Total beads: 2,796.


Warp: leather. Weave: artificial sinew.


Belt was described at a white-fielded belt with four squares representing the French forts in Iroquois territory. The purple horizontal line is Perry Ground's interpretation of the pathway connecting the forts. The end extensions of the pathway beyond the end forts is the author's interpretation that the French continued through Iroquois territory. The two sets of diagonal purple lines are Perry's design. The diagonals are often used in Iroquois symbolisms representing the Longhouse of the Iroquois.


Fort Necessity National Battlefield Park: