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Akwesasne Two Wolf Belt
29 1/2" x 5" This belt is an Akwesasne or St. Regis Belt and once belonged to Chief Running Deer of the Akwesasne Mohawks. The centre figures, two men, represent the French and the Praying Indians, (Kahnawake, St. Regis., Oka, and their allies) clasping their hands in friendship. The seven purple lines signify what is called the seven nations. The seven nations, organized and encouraged by French Catholic Priests was a political union of parts of certain settlements of Iroquois and Algonquins whom the Catholic Missionaries had christianized and influenced.
Belt Of Six Nations
17" x 8 3/4" This belt announced the return of the nomadic Tuscaroras. It was made in 1714. The Six Nations are represented by purple coloured, step-like, traingle designs. For the first time it gives official recognition to the white man in Indian affairs; the symbol of the invader being indicated in the lower corners.
25" x 2 1/2" The Alliance belt is a national belt of the Onondagas. One explanation of this belt is that it commemorates the entrance of the Tuscarora Nation taken into the league of the Iroquois in 1713. This explanation may be incorrect because the belt once had 7 bars, and the Tuscaroras were the sixth nation.
41 1/2" x 4" The Black Hawk Belt was sent by Chief Black Hawk, the famous Sauk leader and patriot to the Indian Nations at Traverse Bay, Michigan, with a message that their people should remain neutral during the campaigns and revolts at Michilimackinac. Black Hawk had served under the great Shawnee leader, Tecumseh.
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49" x 4" Black Hawk or Sauk Belt; As European settlements moved westward, so too the Indian nations drew together to avoid conflict between themselves and to seek strength in unity. It is believed that the Saux gave this belt to the Six Nations Confederacy after they assisted the Six Nations to defend their territory against European encroachment. After the war, the Sauk commemorated their participation by leaving a Wampum Belt which would reflect their alliance to the Six Nations.
18 1/4" x 3 1/2" The Blacksnake Belt is a mourning belt formerly in the possession of the Seneca chief Governor Blacksnake.
Champlain Record Belt
35 1/2" x 2 1/2" Champlain Record Belt - French Invasion: This belt was made to keep in memory the expeditions of the French against the Five Nations.
Partial 20 1/4" x 9" Full size 30"x9" This picture is only a partial belt; this portion of the Chiefs Belt was returned to the people of Six Nations in the early 90's. According to the information we have, the other portion of this belt is in a museum somewhere in France. The full size belt showing all 5 figures is $1200.00
Coming of the White Faces
18 1/2" x 5" This belt records the condition of the early white people who came to Iroquois country. The strong outside diagonal lines supporting the weak inside lines represent the Five Nations, the Iroquois. The thin, weak inside line represents the early whites. The Natives helped these early settlers, showing them how to hunt, farm, and how to survive and live in this country.
Deleware Land Belt
18 1/2" x 5 1/2" This belt records the conditions under which the Lenni-Lenape or Delaware Nation ceded a certain tract of their territory to the white man. The Lenni-Lenape retained the right to travel, hunt and fish on the land. The design on the belt represents the trail, to and fro over the territory sold.
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