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Two-Row Wampum Belt (Guswhenta or Kaswhenta)
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Two-Row Wampum Belt (Guswhenta or Kaswhenta)


Image of Two Row Wampum repatriated from the Museum of the American Indian in New York City. The Two Row Wampum records the agreement made in 1613 in upstate New York between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch government. This belt represents the first peace treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Europeans in which the two sides agreed to respect each other's cultures and to never interfere in each other's affairs. The two parallel lines of purple beads represent the two parties to the agreement, one for a Haudenosaunee canoe and the other for a European ship, traveling, side by side. Each boat contains the owner?s culture, traditions, laws, language and ways of life. The white parallel lines illustrate that the two would travel in peace and friendship without interference.