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Wampum Belt Archive

Seven Turtles Belt

McCord Cat. # M1906

Reproduction - R. D. Hamell
Original Size:
Length: 43.2 inches. Width: 2.8 inches. Width: 9 beads wide.
Reproduction:
Beaded Length: 57.9 inches. Width: 4.3 inches. Length w/fringe: 81.9 inches
Beads:
Length: 354 rows. Width: 9 beads. Total beads: 3,186.
Materials:
Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.

Description:

The McCord Museum had listed this belt as Eastern Woodland: Circa: 18th or 19th Century. Plant fiber. No other information. See: W_Eastern Woodland McCord Belt 1906.

The following description was kindly provided by Darren Bonaparte (2011):

 A treaty of peace between seven tribes.  A very ancient belt.  Design: In white on a purple ground, a line straight through the Centrex, intersecting the seven broken square figures, about 3  6/16" apart, which represents the tribes.  Strung on Indian hemp twine and woven on heavier twine of the same material, which forms short fringe at either end. Length of belt 43" depth 9 rows beads.

Darren Bonaparte stated the design "It represents the Seven Nations of Canada, which was basically Kahnawake, Kanehsatake, Oswegatchie, Odanak, Wendake and Akwesasne" and had recognized the wampum belt as the "Seven Turtle" belt.

The belt is in the McCord Museum catalog number M-1906.

Reference:

Bonaparte, Darren. 2011. The Wampum Chronicles. Personal Communications.

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