The design of the Dust Fan Scarf is based on the Dust Fan Wampum Belt. The image represents an ever-growing tree which grows high and its top reaches the Spirit World so that all nations may see it.
In the founding of the Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Iroquois) Confederacy, Dekanawidah along with the Five Nations Confederate Chiefs planted the Tree of Peace in the Onondaga Nation. The Onondaga were named as The Firekeepers.
This ever-growing Tree Belt symbolizes the infinite existence of The Hodinöhsö:ni’ (Iroquois) Confederacy. It was displayed in the confederate councils and was meant to protect the Council and to keep the eyes of the 50 chiefs free from dust or harmful thoughts. It was also displayed whenever the League Constitution was recited.
The scarf is a way of remembering its origins as well as a reminder to think in a good way.