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Wampum Belt Archive


Hospitality Belt

Welcome Belt (Mohawk)

Mohawk Hospitality Belt (NYSM E37425)

Beauchamp 1901 #242

Reproduction (R. D. Hamell)



Original Size:

Length: 22.8 inches. Width: 2.0 inches. Rows: 6.


Beaded length: 26.5 inches. Width 2.75 inches. Total length with fringe: 50.0 inches


Rows: 150 by 6 beads wide. Total 900 beads.


Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.


Also known as the Welcome BeltĀ  (Mohawk-Canadian)

This is a Canadian Mohawk belt made on thread and buckskin thongs. It has three diagonal purple beaded bars, or "braces," distributed equidistantly over its white beaded background. The central portion has been partly mutilated. The "braces" infer an extension of friendship by the presiding officer to visiting Light that the nations met in council.

Acquired through Harriet Converse in 1903, who collected it on the Grand River Reserve in 1898.


Clarke, Noah T. 1931 New York State Museum Bulletin No. 288, Fig. 43.

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