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Wampum Belt Archive


Tuscarora Returns Belt

After Hale (NMAI)

Reproduction R. D. Hamell

February 13 2009


Original Size:



Beaded length: 28.0 inches. Width: 11.0 inches. Length w/fringe: 52.0 inches.


Rows: 162 by 24 rows wide. Total: 3,888 beads.


Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.


Description (Ken Marcle):
This belt announced the return of the nomadic Tuscaroras. It was made in 1714. The Six Nations are represented by purple colored, step-like, triangle designs. For the first time it gives official recognition to the white man in Indian affairs; the symbol of the invader being indicated in the lower corners. 



Marcle, Ken. The Wampum Shop.