Wampum received by Penn in commemoration of the Indian Treaty.

Wampum

Wampum received by Penn in commemoration of the Indian Treaty.

A wampum was made of pieces of shining shell, strung, like beads, on strips of deerskin. With some Indians white beads meant peace, and black ones war or danger. Several strings woven together formed a strip which meant peace, and black ones war or danger. Several strings woven together formed a strip which meant, "This belt preserves my word." Wampum often served the Indian for money. When one tribe wished to send a message to another, a belt of wampum had to accompany it, or the message would not be received.

Wampum

A wampum was made of pieces of shining shell, strung, like beads, on strips of deerskin. With some Indians…

A Native American boring wampum

Wampum

A Native American boring wampum

A Native American wampum belt

Wampum

A Native American wampum belt

Native American wampum belt and currency, made from seashells.

Wampum

Native American wampum belt and currency, made from seashells.

A wampum is a Native American belt made from shell beads. The wampum pictured was given to William Penn at the Great Treaty.

Wampum

A wampum is a Native American belt made from shell beads. The wampum pictured was given to William Penn…