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Two-Row Wampum Belt (Guswhenta or Kaswhenta)
Description
Media Type
Image
Object
Description
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.
Notes
Coverage: 1600's, New York State
Date of Original
1613
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 5931
Image Height: 1291
Subject(s)
Local identifier
SNPL000066v00i
Collection
Six Nations Legacy Consortium Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.06681 Longitude: -80.11635
Donor
Six Nations Legacy Consortium
Copyright Statement
Protected by copyright: Uses are subject to the terms of a contract. Contact the repository for further information. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Contact
Six Nations Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address
1679 Chiefswood Rd
PO Box 149
Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0
519-445-2954
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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.