Wampum Belt 5 Row 29 inch

Wampum Belt 5 Row 29 inch
Wampum Belt 5 Row 29 inch

Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this classic 5 row Wampum Belt exclusively for us! He used White and Transparent Cobalt Blue Glass Reproduction Wampum to create the design.

Add it as a strap to your Bandoleer Bag or Powder Horn! Or wear it alone as a sash!

This Wampum Belt measures 29.5″ long x 2.25″ wide. It comes with 14″ of Smoke Suede Leather fringe.

One of a Kind!

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Hiawatha Wampum Belt Tote

Hiawatha Wampum Belt Tote
Hiawatha Wampum Belt Tote

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company  here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Hiawatha Wampum Belt Tote

The five main units of the Hiawatha Wampum Belt represent the five Original Nations that comprised the Iroquois Confederacy. From left to right, this design represents the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca. The connecting line is the path of peace. Other Nations are welcome to travel the path of peace and seek shelter under the great tree.

Wampum Belts of the Iroquois

Wampum Belts of the Iroquois

Wampum Belts of the Iroquois

By Tehanetorens. Softcover. 127 pgs.

Guided by their teacher, Tehanetorens, students of the Indian Way School at Akwesasne Mohawk Nation present their authentic replicas of sacred Iroqouis wampum belts and strings. This book also includes descriptions of the meanings of each piece and how they fit into the history of the Iroquois People.

Black & White photos and illustrations.

ISBN 157067082X

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Iroquoian and Algonkin Wampum Manufacture and Uses

Wampum Tube Strands

Wampum Tube Strands
Wampum Tube Strands

Wampum Tube Beads are among the most commonly used of wampum beads.  You can weave these Wampum Tube Beads into jewelry, traditional or contemporary Wampum Belts. Additionally, you can use them as embellishments on pouches and bags.  Native Americans have been using Quahog Clam and Whelk Shell beads for centuries.

We proudly offer strands of real Quahog Wampum Tubes for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Strands come in 4mm x 8mm and 4mm x 16mm. Made from natural quahog shells, these beads vary in color striations – each bead is a miniature work of art!

Furthermore, you can choose from 3 color variations for our 4mm x 8mm Wampum Tubes.

  • D for mostly purple beads- Note at this time they are not on a string the dark are loose in a bag of 50
  • SW for a mix of white and purple
  • W for mostly white beads.

These options allow you to create contrasting designs when you make your own Wampum Belts.

We sell these Wampum Tubes by the strand. Strands measure 16″ and have approx. 50 beads.

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Wampum Beads – Clay

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Wampum Beads – Clay

You will agree that our Polymer Clay Wampum Beads are the best reproduction wampum available. Use these Polymer Clay Wampum Beads to replicate traditional Wampum Belts and jewelry.

Because each Polymer Clay Wampum Bead is handmade, they are unique, like the originals, which gives your project a distinctive look. The variegated coloring is very much like the Quahog and whelk shells from which they were originally made.

Each Polymer Clay Wampum Bead measures about 1 cm long, and 1/2 cm in diameter. These work best with our Single Ply sinew.

You can purchase our Clay Wampum Beads in packages of approximately 25, 100 or 1000.  Please note that we package these beads on a piece scale so the count is an estimate.

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Wampum Beads History

Wandering Bull Wampum

What are Wampum Beads?

Wampum shell discs pendants
Wampum shells and discs

Wampum beads include the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell, a sea snail with a spiral shape; and the white and purple beads made from the quahog, or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam. Quahogs are found in the waters from Cape Cod south to New York, with a great abundance in Long Island Sound. Wampum were used by the northeastern Native Americans as a form of gift exchange. European traders and politicians, using beads and trinkets, often exploited gift exchange to gain Native American favor or territory. With the scarcity of metal coins in New England, Wampum quickly evolved into a formal currency after European/Native contact, its production greatly facilitated by slender European metal drill bits. Wampum was mass produced in coastal southern New England. The Narragansetts and Pequots monopolized the manufacture and exchange of wampum in this area. Continue reading Wampum Beads History

Wampum Tubes

Wampum Tubes
Wampum Tubes

The most commonly used Wampum Beads, you can use these Wampum Tubes for jewelry. You can also weave them into traditional or contemporary Wampum Belts or as highlights on bags and other accessories.

Quantity Discounts available when you buy 10 or more of one size.

We offer the following sizes:

  • 7 mm x 6 mm
  • 10 mm x 3 mm
  • 10 mm x 4 mm
  • 10 mm x 5 mm
  • 10 mm x 6 mm
  • 14 mm x 4 mm
  • 18 mm x 4 mm

We proudly offer real Quahog Wampum Tubes, Hairpipe, Beads and Findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. These real Quahog Wampum Shell beads and pendants will vary in color striations – each bead is a miniature work of art! Beads are measured in millimeters (length x diameter). These are exceptional pieces for the most particular craftspeople. Please note prices are PER PIECE.

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Large Freeform Wampum Pendants

Large Freeform Wampum Pendants
Large Freeform Wampum Pendants

These Freeform Wampum Pendants are ready for your unique jewelry creations. Each measures about 1.5″ long. They come with a single hole drilled for stringing on necklaces or earrings. No two are alike so you can wear a unique piece of natural art!

We proudly offer real Quahog Wampum Shell findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Natural Quahog shell beads and pendants will vary in color striations. Each bead is a miniature work of art! These exceptional pieces will please the most particular craftspeople. We sell these individually.

Quahog shells from the Atlantic waters from Cape Cod south to New York are the source of real Wampum. Traditionally, Native American used Wampum to make beads and pendants. Wampum Belts consisted of Purple Wampum Beads and White Whelk Shell Beads woven or strung together.

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Wampum Heartline Bear Earrings

Wampum Heartline Bear Earrings
Wampum Heartline Bear Earrings

These adorable Wampum Heartline Bear Earrings feature Heartline Bear fetishes! Show your affinity to the great bear with these beautiful earrings!

Each Bear measures 3/4″ long. They hang from Sterling Silver French hooks.

Quahog shells from the Atlantic waters from Cape Cod south to New York are the source of real Wampum. Traditionally, Native American used Wampum to make beads and pendants. Wampum Belts consisted of Purple Wampum Beads and White Whelk Shell Beads woven or strung together.

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Wampum Sand Dollar Earrings

Wampum Sand Dollar Earrings
Wampum Sand Dollar Earrings

These dazzling earrings feature delicate Sand Dollars recreated on real wampum!  Show your love of the sea with these unique earrings!

Each pendant measures 3/4″ long and hangs from a Sterling Silver French Hook.

Quahog shells from the Atlantic waters from Cape Cod south to New York are the source of real Wampum. Traditionally, Native American used Wampum to make beads and pendants. Wampum Belts consisted of Purple Wampum Beads and White Whelk Shell Beads woven or strung together.

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Wampum Beads – Glass Trade Reproduction Colors

Wampum Beads - Glass Trade Reproduction Colors
Wampum Beads – Glass Trade Reproduction Colors

Reproduction Glass Trade Wampum Beads allow you to add a rainbow of colors to your loomwork and jewelry!  Get ready to make some colorful Glass Wampum Straps and Wampum Belts, earrings, even chokers!

These Reproduction Glass Trade Wampum Beads vary in size! They can measure just about 4 mm long and 4 mm in diameter to 4 mm x 3 mm  so you can get a lot of detail into a smaller space!  They come with a matte finish.

Choose from:

  • Dark Green
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Trans Cobalt Blue
  • Dark Red
  • Greasy Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • White

Available in 1 ounce and 1/2 kilo (17 ounces) packages.  Approx. 400 beads per ounce.

New stock of White is slightly smaller (4mm x 3mm), somewhat translucent and has more shine than the previous stock.

We also have some of the Chalk White available. Please choose White – Chalk to order these.

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Wampum Long Drop Earrings

Wampum Long Drop Earrings
Wampum Long Drop Earrings

Show off some purple and white with these 1.5″ long Wampum Earrings. They come with a sterling silver setting and french hooks.

Quahog shells from the Atlantic waters from Cape Cod south to New York are the source of real Wampum. Traditionally, Native American used Wampum to make beads and pendants. Wampum Belts consisted of Purple Wampum Beads and White Whelk Shell Beads woven or strung together.

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Wampum

Wampum
Wampum

Ed. by Mark Humpal. Softcover. 208 pgs.

Wampum is a facsimile reprint of the 1901 Bulletin of the New York State Museum. The original title was Wampum and Shell Articles Used by the New York Indians by William M. Beauchamp.

This book discusses how the Native Americans from Northeastern North America used Quahog shell wampum. It also describes the items that they made with it.

Black & white illustrations.

The new edition has color photographs of existing contemporary wampum belts.

Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Iroquoian and Algonkin Wampum: Manufacture and Uses.

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Wampum Howling Wolf Earrings

Wampum Howling Wolf Earrings
Wampum Howling Wolf Earrings

These earrings feature beautifully carved Howling Wolves made from wampum! You will not want to miss these miniature works of art for your ears!

Each Wolf measures just 1″ long and comes on a Sterling Silver French Hook.

Quahog shells from the Atlantic waters from Cape Cod south to New York are the source of real Wampum. Traditionally, Native American used Wampum to make beads and pendants. Wampum Belts consisted of Purple Wampum Beads and White Whelk Shell Beads woven or strung together.

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Wampum Beads – Glass

Glass Wampum Beads
Glass Wampum Beads

Our Glass Wampum Beads offer the classic look of real shell wampum without the hefty price tag! You will find these beads perfect for making belts, bracelets, jewelry and more.

We offer five colors, three opaque and two transparent. Dye lots will vary. The transparent purple varies from almost black to a lighter purple.

Choose from:

  • Transparent Cobalt
  • Opaque Purple
  • Transparent Purple
  • Opaque Ivory
  • Opaque White

These Wampum Beads measure about 5/16″ (about 9 mm) long  and 1/8″ (3mm) wide. They include about 120-140 beads per ounce.

You can purchase them in 1 ounce and 1/2 kilo packages. Buy 2 or more 1/2 Kilo bags of a color and save $4.00.

We also offer a Matte Finish Wampum Bead that is slightly smaller (8 mm long).

 

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Turtle on Wampum Tee Shirt

Turtle on Wampum Tee Shirt
Turtle on Wampum Tee Shirt

Our own Turtle on Wampum Tee Shirt features the popular Native American design of the Turtle with the Tree of Life on his back.  In some Native American creation myths, the Turtle holds the land on its back (Turtle Island).  Our Turtle image appears over a Native American Wampum Belt.

We print our Turtle on Wampum Tee Shirt on a 100% cotton Oatmeal colored shirt.

Available in sizes Small – XXX Large.

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Wampum Strap Yellow and Black

Wampum Strap Yellow and Black
Wampum Strap Yellow and Black

A crafter created this beautiful 3 row Yellow and Black Wampum Strap with reproduction glass Wampum. Add it as a strap to your Bandoleer Bag or Powder Horn! Or wear it alone as a sash!

This Wampum Strap measures 51″ long x 0.75″ wide. It comes with 4″ of Smoke Suede Leather fringe on each end.

One of a Kind!

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Wampum Warp Lace

Wampum Warp Lace
Wampum Warp Lace

We hand cut our Wampum Warp Lace right here in the shop.  This soft Deerskin Leather Lacing makes perfect warp lace for loom weaving. You will find it ideal for making wampum bracelets and belts. You can achieve a very traditional look with this hand cut leather lacing.

Because this product is hand cut, the lengths may not be one continuous piece. But we try to minimize breaks.

Our Warp Lace measures approx. 1/8″ wide. You can purchase it in 10 yard and 25 yard pieces. The colors will vary.  Please let us know if you need more than one length for your project so we can try to send you similar colors.

Want to try cutting your own Deerskin Leather Lacing?  Shop for Deerskin Leather and our Leather Lace Maker Tool!

Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Eastern Woodlands Accessories

Eastern Woodlands Jewelry

Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands used many materials to create jewelry and accessories to wear and trade.   In the pre-contact period, Native Americans in the Northeast used shells, bones, stones, feathers, leather, fur and metals like copper to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, headdresses  and sashes.  Some of these materials were fashioned into beads and pendants that were strung on leather or fiber laces. Others were simply attached to the clothing or body part that was to be adorned.

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Plume Decals

Plume Decals
Plume Decals

Plume Decals feature several Native American designs.  You can attach them to car windows or bumpers, campers, regalia suitcases or anywhere you want to show your Native Pride!

Clear heavy gauge vinyl stickers are designed to be waterproof.  The Fancy Feather and the Turtle on the Wampum Belt designs have a clear background, so only the design shows.

The rectangular decals measure approx. 7.5″ x 3.75″.  Oval decals measure approx. 5″ x 3.25″.

$1.99 Each when you buy 4 or more!

Select from 6 exclusive designs!

  • Fancy Feather
  • Kokopelli
  • Hiawatha Wampum Belt
  • Turtle with the Tree of Life on his back, over a Wampum Belt
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Mother Earth

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Plume Patches- Embroidered

Plume Patches
Plume Patches- Embroidered

High quality embroidered patches will look great sewn on jackets, purses, baseball caps and more. Bright vibrant colors will not fade. Check out all of our designs! Round patches are 2.5″ in diameter. Large patches measure 3″ x 2″.

Buy 4 or more for $1.99 each!

Choose from 7 designs!

  • Howling Wolf
  • Hiawatha Wampum Belt
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Eagle
  • Warrior
  • Thunderbird
  • Flute Player Patch is Half Price!

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7th Annual Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

7th Annual Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

Location: Mount Norris Scout Reservation 1 Boy Scout Camp Road Eden Mills VT 05652

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Details: Come join us and you will she throughout the weekend  singing, drumming you will also see dancing. There will also be traditional games.  These games can be enjoyed by adults and children. Visit the vendors with authentic native crafts.

Chief Don Stevens will give demonstrations of wampum belts.  He will  explaining the meanings behind each wampum belt piece. Likewise Chief Don Stevens will also do storytelling.  Certainly the public is invited to ask questions.

This is a rain or shine event. No pets allowed – service dogs only. No alcohol or drugs allowed.

Contact: Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation 804-943-6197 dancingbluewolf@gmail.com abenakitribe.org/

Iroquois: People of the Longhouse

Iroquois: People of the Longhouse
Iroquois: People of the Longhouse

By Michael G. Johnson. 160 pgs. Hardcover.

WOW! Fantastic! Splendid! Just what Chris and Carolyn said as they were looking through this book.  Johnson covers the history of Iroquois culture from the 1500s to the present. You will find photographs of Native American regalia, beadwork, Wampum Belts and historical places.

If you want to be both educated and inspired, do not miss this book!

Full of color and black & white photographs and illustrations.

Read the Denver Art Museum leaflet The Iroquois Long House.

ISBN 9781770852181

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Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins
Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins are brightly enameled pins with a straight tack back.  Attach them to caps, jackets, bags, leather pouches . . .   just about anywhere!

Our Pins are available in ten exclusive designs. We offer popular motifs and designs so there is a style for everyone! Each measures about 1″.

Buy 4 or more for $1.99 each!

  • Buffalo
  • Eagle
  • Turtle with the Tree of Life on his back
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Hiawatha Wampum Belt
  • Eagle Feather
  • Bear Paw
  • Howling Wolf
  • Warrior

The Fleur de Lis  pin will appeal to French & Indian War re-enactors.

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Thunderbird Tote Bag

Thunderbird Tote Bag
Thunderbird Tote Bag

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Thunderbird Tote Bag

Many Native American cultures consider the Thunderbird a symbolic animal. An 18th century Iroquois quilled hunting bag inspired our Thunderbird Tote Bag design. This walnut colored Tote Bag features ivory and red Thunderbird designs with simulated quillwork and tin cone tassels. The bright red handle really sets off the Thunderbird design.

Medicine Wheel Tote

Medicine Wheel Tote
Medicine Wheel Tote

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Thunderbird
Double Curve
Hiawatha Wampum Belt

Turtle Island

The Native American Medicine Wheel design consists of a circle divided into four colors: Red, Yellow, Black and White. The four colors represent the Four Directions.  Our Medicine Wheel Tote features a Medicine Wheel with 2 Eagle Feathers tied to its center.  The bright red bag has black webbed handles. Our Medicine Wheel Tote is a customer favorite!

6th Annual Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

6th Annual Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

Throughout the weekend there will singing, drumming, and dancing with traditional games to be enjoyed by adults and children. Vendors of authentic native crafts will be set up.

Chief Don Stevens will give demonstrations of wampum belts, explaining the meanings behind each piece. He will also do storytelling. The public is invited to ask questions.

This is a rain or shine event. No pets allowed – service dogs only. No alcohol or drugs allowed.

Location : Mount Norris Scout Reservation 1 Boy Scout Camp Road Eden Mills 05652

Contact: http://www.abenakitribe.org  804-943-6197 dancingbluewolf@gmail.com

Bead Looms – History and Usage

Andy Bullock Loomwork

Bead Looms & Beadwork History

Native American beadwork, like quill work before it, is a decorative art form.   Almost as soon as seed beads were available, native women invented two techniques for using them: loom beading and applique embroidery. Those two techniques are still in use today. Loom-beading and a form of single-needle weaving (peyote beading) are not adaptations of techniques known to European or other cultures –  they are native inventions. Continue reading Bead Looms – History and Usage

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag
Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Medicine Wheel
Thunderbird
Turtle Island
Hiawatha Wampum Belt

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Native Americans of Northeastern North America frequently used the Double Curve Motif design on clothing, bags, birchbark containers and other items.  The basic twin curves can be ‘filled in’ with a variety of design elements.  Our Double Curve Motif Tote Bag features floral elements on the main design and the border designs. Our classic black Double Curve Motif is sure to become a favorite!

Bead Weaving with a Bead Loom

Bead Loom

Bead Weaving with a Bead Loom

Use our Ojibwa Bead Loom or our Mighty Mini Bead Loom to create strips of beadwork. After you finish your beaded strip you can use them as straps, belts, and bracelets. You can also attach beaded loom strips to other items like shirts, leggins, moccasins, and bags. Bead weaving on a loom is easy to learn to do and can be done with a variety of beads including Seed Beads, Pony Beads, and Wampum Beads.

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Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering

Location: Mount Norris Scout Reservation 1 Boy Scout Camp Road Eden Mills  Eden Mills VT

Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm both days

Details: Throughout the weekend there will singing, drumming, and dancing with traditional games to be enjoyed by adults and children. Vendors of authentic native crafts will be set up. This is a free event.

Chief Don Stevens will give demonstrations of wampum belts, explaining the meanings behind each piece. He will also do storytelling. The public is invited to ask questions.

This is a rain or shine event. No alcohol or drugs allowed.

Contact: 804-943-6197  or visit their website 

Turtle Island Canvas Tote

Turtle Island Canvas Tote
Turtle Island Canvas Tote

We created Wandering Bull Tote Bags exclusively for our customers. A company here in New Hampshire makes them for us! You will find these canvas tote bags perfect for carrying craft projects, extra items to the dance circle, or even to the beach!

Wandering Bull Tote Bags measure 16″ tall by 18″ wide. They have a wide gusset at the bottom that allows the bag to stand. The 10 oz canvas is strong. You can easily sling the long nylon webbed handles over your shoulder.

We offer Wandering Bull Tote Bags in 5 designs!

Medicine Wheel
Thunderbird
Double Curve
Hiawatha Wampum Belt

Turtle Island Canvas Tote

We feature the Turtle that supports the Earth on his back on our bright green Turtle Island Canvas Tote Bag. It comes with a black webbed handle.  The Turtle has the Tree of Life design on his back.  A Double Curve motif frames the Turtle design.