Photographs (left to right): All Niobara County, Wyoming

Wampum Belt Archive


Six Nations Wampum Belt

Beauchamp (1901: Plate 14, Figure 177)



(WMW 15 253)


Original Size:

Rows: 10. Length: 59.5 cm. 24 inches.









Wampum belt consist of five triple diagonal bands, two of on black, and one of three black beads. 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.

White shell belt with 5 black diagonal double shell bead lines. Purchased from Hugo Shilling in 1886.


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.