Photographs (left to right): Arches National Park, Utah; Sacandaga River, Adirondacks, New York; Flower Pots, Bay of Fundy, Canada

Wampum Belt Archive


Six Nations Wampum Belt

Beauchamp (1901: Plate 14, Figure 175)

Original Size:

Rows: 12.









Wampum belt consist of three double diagonals of black wampum; one diagonal is one bead wide, the other is 4 beads wide. Photographed by Beauchamp in 1899 at the Six Nations council at Ohsweken, Canada. After John Buck's death most of the fine collection of Canadian belts quickly disappeared.


Beauchamp, William M. 1901. Wampum and Shell Articles Used By The New York Indians. New York State Museum Bulletin No. 41, Vol. 8.

Becker, Marshall J. 2007. Unique Huron Ornamental Bands: Wampum Cuffs. Material Culture Review 66 (Fall 2007).

Tooker. E. 1998. A note on the Return of Eleven Wampum Belts to the Six Nations. Ethnohistory 45, 2, pp. 219-236.