Learn about over four dozen sacred Iroquois Wampum Belts and Strings, along with descriptions of the meaning of each piece and the greater instruction from the Peacemaker that accompanied the Belt.
Wampum Belts of The Iroquois
The Wampum, originally created from shells and porcupine quills, was introduced at the time of the founding of the League of the Five Nations by Hiawatha. Used for generations as jewelry and decorations, the Wampum came to be regarded as something sacred and was used on official occasions as well as for religious ceremonies. Guided by teacher Tehanetorens, students of the Indian Way School at Akwesasne Mohawk Nation present over four dozen authentic, bead-for-bead replicas of sacred Iroquois Wampum Belts and Strings, along with descriptions of the meaning of each piece and the greater instruction from the Peacemaker that accompanied the Belt.
About the Author
Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) was a master storyteller in the Mohawk tradition. During his lifelong career as a teacher, he established youth groups at Akwesasne to promote Native values and served as president of the Indian Defense League of America. In 1954 he founded the Six Nations Indian Museum near Onchiota, New York, to serve as a cultural center for tribal people in the Six Nations region. He passed away in November 2008 at age 98.
John (Kahionhes) Fadden (Mohawk) is a published illustrator of children’s and young adult books. He was born in 1938. His father is Tehanetorens (Ray Fadden) and his son is artist David (Kanietakeron) Fadden. He lives in Onchionta, New York.
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Native Voices; 1 edition (October 5, 1999)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: (Paperback) 7.2 ounces
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