Wampum Belt 5 Row Clay

Wampum Belt 5 Row Clay

Reproduction Clay Wampum Belt

This Wampum Belt 5 Row Clay features square and checkered designs. The crafter used reproduction clay wampum beads in white and purple to create the belt.  He wrapped the outside edges with red twine.  Then he created yarn tabs for each end.  At one end, he attached 1 inch Bone Hairpipe and at the other blue Crow Beads.  Braided yarn serves as ties.  You will see that a couple of purple Wampum Beads have broken and are missing (last photo).  The crafter wrapped one open space with red twine.

This Wampum Belt 5 Row Clay measures 33 inches long x 2.25 inches wide. The beaded section measures about 31 inches long.  The ties measure about 14 inches on one side and 9 inches on the other.   Because of the fragility of the clay beads, we recommend purchasing this belt for display only.  One of a Kind!

Native Americans who lived on the Northeast Coast created distinctive beads from the shells of the Quahog clam and Whelk snails.  They called these purple and white beads wampum. Crafters strung  early disc shaped wampum beads in simple strands.  When tube shaped wampum beads made from shell and glass were available, they strung them together with a loom and made them into belts. Crafters created patterns by using one color bead as the background and the other for contrast. They used some of these belts to convey messages of war or peace.  Wampum belts became symbols of status. Wampum Belts were used as straps for bags or worn as sashes.

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Wampum Belt 5 Row Diamond Design

Wampum Belt 5 Row Diamond Design

5 Row Wampum Belt with Diamond design

This Wampum Belt 5 Row Diamond Design features a repeating diamond design. The crafter used glass Wampum Beads in White and Cobalt Blue and Braintanned Deerskin Leather lacing to create the belt.

This handmade glass bead Wampum Belt measures 25.5 inches long x 2.5 inches wide. The fringe measures about 5.5 inches long.     One of a Kind!

Native Americans who lived on the Northeast Coast created distinctive beads from the shells of the Quahog clam and Whelk snails.  They called these purple and white beads wampum. Crafters strung  early disc shaped wampum beads in simple strands.  When tube shaped wampum beads made from shell and glass were available, they strung them together with a loom and made them into belts. Crafters created patterns by using one color bead as the background and the other for contrast. They used some of these belts to convey messages of war or peace.  Wampum belts became symbols of status. You can wear a Wampum Belt as a strap for a bag or  as a sash.

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Wampum Belt 6 Row 1620

Wampum Belt 6 Row 1620

6 Row Wampum Belt with 1620 Wigwam design

This Wampum Belt 6 Row 1620 features a wigwam and cross designs. The crafter used glass Wampum Beads in White and Cobalt Blue and Braintanned Deerskin Leather lacing to create the belt.   The design was inspired by the arrival of the first Christians at Plymouth Rock in 1620.  The image in the center is a wigwam.

This Wampum Belt 6 Row 1620 measures 27 inches long x 3 inches wide. The fringe measures about 4 inches on one side and 3 inches on the other.     One of a Kind!

Native Americans who lived on the Northeast Coast created distinctive beads from the shells of the Quahog clam and Whelk snails.  They called these purple and white beads wampum. Crafters strung  early disc shaped wampum beads in simple strands.  When tube shaped wampum beads made from shell and glass were available, they strung them together with a loom and made them into belts. Crafters created patterns by using one color bead as the background and the other for contrast. They used some of these belts to convey messages of war or peace.  Wampum belts became symbols of status. You can wear a Wampum Belt as a strap for a bag or  as a sash.

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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 Belt 24 Row Reproduction

Wampum Belt 24 Row Reproduction

Wampum Belt 24 Row Reproduction

This large 24 Row Wampum Belt is a reproduction of a Belt held by the Smithsonian Museum.  The original belt was made at the end of the 19th century. The crafter used Matte Glass Wampum Beads in White and Navy Blue to create the stair-step or lightning like design.  She wove the Belt on twine rather than leather lacing.

The Belt measures 22.5″ long x 8.75″ wide.  It will make a striking display piece!  One of a Kind!

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Wampum Belt Tee Shirt

Wampum Belt Tee Shirt

Wampum Belt Tee Shirt

The Hiawatha Wampum Belt appears on this Purple Tee Shirt!  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.

100% Cotton Tee Shirt.  Sizes Medium – XX Large.

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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 Tubes

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
  • 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.

Click Here to order individual Wampum Tube Beads.  Learn more about Wampum Bead History here. 

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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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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Wampum Beads – Clay

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Polymer Clay Wampum Beads

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

Because each one 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 Bead measures about 1 cm long, and 1/2 cm in diameter. These work best with our Imitation Sinew.

You can purchase them 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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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 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 except for Black and Transparent Cobalt Blue.

Note black vary in size some are 3mm x 3mm.

Choose from:

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

Available in 1 ounce and 1/2 kilo (17.5 ounces) packages.  Approx. 400 beads per ounce.

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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

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 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 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 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 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!

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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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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Breech Cloth Beaded Red

Breech Cloth Beaded Red

Beaded Red Wool Breech Cloth

Add this Breech Cloth Beaded Red to your dance clothes!  The crafter used Red Wool with Black Bias Tape Trim.  He created a beaded design using (mostly) White Seed Beads.  Double Curve designs appear above a series of arrow designs.  The crafter accented the Double Curve designs with a real Quahog Wampum Disc at the top.  Nine real Quahog Wampum Beads accent the row below.  Bright red fabric lines the back side. This Breech Cloth measures 62 inches long and 11 inches wide.  We got it from a collection.  It is in like new condition. One of a Kind!

Breech Cloths (also known as Breech Clouts) are lengths of fabric or leather. Native American men traditionally wear breech cloths (or breech clouts) alone or with Leggins.  A Breech Cloth goes between the legs. The front and back are draped over a belt or Leather Lacing tie. They provide protection for sensitive areas of the body while allowing for freedom of movement, especially important for activities like hunting, gathering, and dancing. Men can wear them plain or decorate them with Brooches, Beadwork or ribbon work.  They can also cut them from a wool blanket with a striped selvedge edge, and the stripes will serve as decoration.

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Plume Powwow Pins

Plume Powwow Pins

Powwow Plume 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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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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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!

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.

Thunderbird Tote Bag

Thunderbird Tote Bag

Brown Tote Bag with Thunderbird Design

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 Bag features ivory and red Thunderbird designs with simulated quillwork and tin cone tassels. The bright red handle really sets off the Thunderbird design.

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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Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Double Curve Motif Tote Bag

Black Tote Bag with Double Curve Design

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!