Photographs (left to right): All Letchworth State Park, New York

Wampum Belt Archive

Mohawk Language Renewal Belt

Original (2013)

R. D .Hamell June 10 2013

Roseann Terrance with the Mohawk Language renewal belt. 2013

Presentation at Ganondagan Summer Festival July 27, 2013 by Richard D. Hamell

Original Size:

Top Row: Length: 8.5 inches. Width 3.5 inches. Rows: 8 wide. 28.5 inches length.


Rows: 50 by 8 beads wide. Total 400 beads.


Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.


This belt is an original. The design was given to me by Marketa Davidson and created for the presentation at the Ganondagan July Festival (2013). The students and instructors in this years Mohawk

Language class were given a belt.

The symbolism..."The five figures represent the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee. In each territory there are language preservation and renewal efforts. The figures are all connected showing that we are all working together to keep our languages alive. We will use the belt as an agreement with families who come to class to make the commitment to carry the language forward. We especially want youth to see that the culturally and historically significant belts are being used in modern times to record what is happening in our communities today. To all others the message is that we are still here and continuing to pass on our culture, traditions and language" (Marketa Davidson, 2013).


Davidson, Marketa. 2013. Personal Communications.