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Huron Church Belt
23 1/4" x 4 1/4" The Huron Wampum Belt commemorates the 1683 agreement between the Hurons and Jesuit missionaries for the construction of the first wooden church on Huron Lands.
John Brant Belt
19 3/4" X 3" "The two squares at either end of the belt are symbols of the council fires of the British Crown and the Iroquois Confederacy. It is believed that when John Brant was elected to the Provincial Legislature for Haldimand in 1823, the Confederacy Council was concerned he might want to reform the government. This belt reflects the separation of these two forms of government and was given to John Brant to continue to remind him of his responsibility to the Confederacy."
25 1/2" x 2 3/4" The Kahnawake - Oka- St. Regis belt is sometimes called the Seven Nations Belt. It is a record belt, meaning it records an event. It means this: Their path is not straight. They have forsaken the Great Law and gone to the land of the cross, Canada. This belt represents the union of the Seven Nations, and the crooked line at the bottrom represents that they were crooked (The Roman Catholic). This particular belt embodies the pledge of seven Canadian Christianized nations to abandon their crooked ways and to keep an honest peace. It was given to the Five Nations by the Seven Nations to mark their submission to the power of the Iroquois Confederacy, with a promise of peace. The Seven Nations, organized and encouraged by French Catholic Priests, was a political union of parts of certain settlements of Iroquois and Algonquin whom the Catholic Missionaries had christianized and influenced. The settlements were as follows: Mohawk Band , Algonquin Band, Nippissing Band, all at Lake of Two Mountains, part of Kahnawake Band, Oswegatchie Band (near Ogdensberg, NY), Hurons of Lorett and Abenekis of St. Francis. When the Oswegatchie were scattered by the whites, the priests said that St. Regis would take their place.
43 1/2" x 4" This is the Ojibwe Friendship Belt and the symbols on the belt represent two nations joined together by the Path of Peace. One square represents the Ojibwe nation and the other square represents the Iroquois. There will always be an open path between them.
14 3/4" x 3" No known interpretations at this time. However, the original of this belt is one of the belts that were returned to Six Nations in 1989.
19 1/2" x 3" The Penobscot Belt, or Onondaga Belt as it is also known, is a friendship belt. This belt was made to signify an invitation sent from the capital of the Iroquois Confederacy, Onondaga, to the Penobscot Nation, to attend a Condolence Council at Onondaga. According to the Great Law; if any man or nation outside of the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace (Kaianerekowa), and shall make this known to the statesmen of the league, they may follow the Great white roots back to the Tree of Peace. If their minds are clean and if they promise to abide by the laws they are welcome to take shelter beneath the "Tree of the Long Leaves" (The Great Tree of Peace).
38" x 3" The Prophecy Belt signifies the coming of the Peacemaker to the earth. The line running along the belt shows his descent from the Sky World. In ancient times the Five Nations were all seperate and divided by bitter wars. The Peacemaker brought the seperate nations the Great Law of Peace; Kaianerenko:wa (Mohawk), Gayaneshra go:wa ( Cayuga). As a result of his influence the nations formed a confederation. The Laws, which are sometimes referred to as the Iroquois Constitution, are recited from time to time using this belt as a memory aid. The Laws are known entirely from oral tradition passed down from generation to generation. Note: There are other versions as to the meaning of this belt. The version stated here is according to Chief Jake Thomas as told to him by his father chief David Thomas.
36 3/4" x 5 1/2" Red Jacket Belt: According to a paper published by the New York State Museum in 1910, this belt is believed to contain a "pictorial representative of nine council fires which Red Jacket took part in during his life. It should be noted that Red Jacket could hardly be limited to so few councils since he was such a prominent and leading political figure of the period. However, it is certain that the interpretation does represent an alliance between nine towns or nations but what towns or nations has been lost to time.
Seneca Alliance (donehogowah)
42" x 2 3/4" Donehogowah Belt This belt was formerly held by Donehogowah or General Ely S. Parker. It means, Five Council Fires or Death Belt of the Five Nations, the Confederacy of the Iroquois. The Death Belts were in the custody of the Keepers of the Eastern and Western Doors of the Hodinoshonni. This one was always held by the Donehogowah, the Seneca Nation - Keeper of the Western Door. The Mohawks of the Eastern Door likewise had their copy of this belt. This belt signified death or war against some other nation or nations. When the belt was sent to the East Door, the Mohawk Council, it was held and passed on to the councils of war of each of the Five Nations, until returned by the Mohawks which signified that the war would begin at once.
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