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Dish With One Spoon
This belt is said to represent the idea that all of the hunting lands of the Haudenosaunee were meant to be shared and that there should be no blood letting over hunting disputes. In 1887, Chief John Buck described this wampum belt ; "All white except for a round purple patch in the center. This represents all 'Indians' on this continent. They have entered into one great league and contract that they will all be one and have one heart. The pot in the center is a dish of beaver, indicating that they will have one dish and what belongs to one will belong to all."
23" x 18" The Evergrowing Tree Belt or The Wing, or Dust Fan of Council Peacekeeper of the Confederate Nations Belt,or The Great Belt of the Confederacy This belt represents the Evergrowing Tree, with its white roots which have spread out, one to the north, one to the east, one to the west, and one to the south from the Iroquois territory. The Great White Roots, represents peace and strength. If any man or any nation outside of the Five Nations wishes to obey the Great Laws of Peace they may follow one of the great roots to the tree. if their minds are clean and they promise to obey the wishes of the Confederate Council, they are welcome to take shelter beneath the "Tree of the Long Leaves"
17" x 3 1/2" The Fort Stanwix Treaty Belt was exchanged at the signing of the Treaty between the Six Nations and the United States at Fort Stanwix (Rome, NY) October 22, 1784. At this treaty the Six Nations was guaranteed the right of occupancy forever in the immemorial domain of the Iroquois League. The United States further promised to prevent anyone, including any state, from taking their lands or from interfering in the internal affairs of the Six Nations.
Four Nations Belt
25 1/2" x 6 1/2" In 1611 The Huron requested an Alliance with France by presenting what is now called the Four Nations Belt to Champlain. It depicts shield bearing Huron Warriors.
French Mission Belt
38" x 4 1/2" The Jesuits tried to convince the Iroquois to give up on their own beliefs and follow their religion instead. The crosses represent the number of French Missions that would be allowed in Iroquois territory.
French Peace Belt
46" x 5" The French Peace Belt is believed to be a covenant or a proposal for an alliance. The single line represents the path of peace, and the five long open figures are the Five Nations, while the four uniform white diamonds are four of the colonies of the white settlers.
20 1/2" x 3 3/4" The Friendship belt records a sequence of treaties made with the Dutch, French and English, and also the Thirteen Colonies (U.S.) in early times. The treaties were covenants made between the native people, Onkwehonwe (Mohawk), Ogwehoweh (Cayuga), and the white man Raseron:ni (Mohawk), Hahnyo:oh (Cayuga) pledging their friendship of peace forevermore. From time to time they should polish their covenant of friendship.
Friendship Belt - Governor Denny
22" x 4" This belt commemorates the Peace Treaty of November 1756. After the completion of the Woods’ Edge Ceremony, the Iroquois and Governor William Denny both offered condolences. Both sides accepted the others’ kindness. After this, a day of non-official meeting took place to discuss plans of a treaty. Official negotiations took place the next day and the treaty was signed.
George Washington Belt
68" x 5 1/2" The original of this belt is the sacred agreement between the Six Nations and the original Thirteen Colonies (U.S.). It is the record of a Treaty with George Washington in 1789. The house in the center is the longhouse of the Six Nations. The two figures on each side of the Longhouse, are the Mohawks; the Keepers of the Eastern Door of the Confederacy and the Senecas; the Keepers of the Western Door of the Confederacy. They have joined their hands in friendship, a covenant with the Thirteen Colonies.
21" x 13 1'4" Hayewatha Belt or Five Nations Territorial Belt A broad dark belt of wampum of thirty-eight rows, having a white heart in the centre, on either side of which are two white squares all connected with the heart by white rows of beads shall be the emblem of the Unity of the Five Nations. The first of the squares on the left represents the Mohawk Nation and its territory, the second square on the left represents the Oneida Nation and its territory, the white tree of peace in the middle represents the Onondaga Nation and its territory, and it also means that the heart of the Five Nations is single in its loyalty to the Great Peace. The white square to the right of the heart represents the Cayuga Nation and its territory, and the fifth and last white square, represents the Seneca Nation and its territory.
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