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Wampum are small tube-shaped beads made from shells of wa­ter crea­tures such as clams, whelks and qua­hogs. The pur­ple or white beads are put onto strings, and the strings are joined to­gether to make a pat­terned belt to show the agree­ment and the Treaty re­la­tion­ship. This 1871 photo shows Hau­denosaunee Chiefs from On­tario’s Six Na­tions com­mu­nity with wampum belts.

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