Wampum Turtle Earrings

Wampum Turtle Earrings

Wampum Turtle Earrings

Our Wampum Turtle Earrings are made with Real Quahog Wampum carved into little turtles with sterling silver french hook earwires.  Our favorite “gem” makes beautiful earrings!

Native Americans who lived on the Northeast Coast of North America harvested Quahog clams from the waters of the Atlantic. Quahog shells thrive in the waters from Cape Cod south to New York, with a great abundance of them in Long Island Sound. Native crafters carved the beautiful purple and white shells into pendants and beads.  These Wampum beads functioned as exchange items for the Northeastern Native Americans.

Today, skilled crafters use Quahog Wampum to create pendants, cabuchons and beads for contemporary jewelry.  At The Wandering Bull, we proudly offer a selection of Wampum earrings and pendants. We also provide you with Wampum beads, hairpipe and tubes so you can fashion your own creations!

Purchase our Wampum Turtle Earrings with our Wampum Turtle Necklace and save on the set!

Wampum Turtle Earrings have Wampum Turtles that measure 3/4″ long. With the earwires the total length is 1.5″

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 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 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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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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Read about Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Red

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Red

Seed Bead Wampum Belt with Red Stripe design

This Wampum Belt Seed Bead Red is made with Seed Beads rather than Wampum Beads. The crafter used glass Seed Beads in Red and White to create a diagonal stripe design.  He wove the belt on string.

This handmade glass bead Wampum Belt measures 13.5 inches long x 3 inches wide. The string fringe measures about 8 inches long.  You can use this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Red as a beaded strip for clothing or accessories or add it to you beadwork collection.   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.

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Read about Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

beaded strip

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Diamond

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Diamond

Seed Bead Wampum Belt with Diamond design

The crafter made this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Diamond with Seed Beads rather than Wampum Beads. The crafter used glass Seed Beads in Black and White to create a repeating diamond design.  He wove the belt on string.

This handmade glass bead Wampum Belt measures 25.5 inches long x 2.25 inches wide. The string fringe measures about 8 inches long.  You can use this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Diamond as a strap, a beaded strip for clothing or accessories or add it to you beadwork collection.   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.

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Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

beaded strip

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Green

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Green

Green Seed Bead Wampum Belt

The crafter made this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Green with Seed Beads instead of Wampum Beads. The crafter used glass Seed Beads in Green and White to create a repeating chevron design.  He wove the belt on string.

This handmade glass bead Wampum Belt measures about 27 inches long x just over 2 inches wide. The string fringe measures about 7 inches long. We got this belt from a collection.  You will see dirt smudges on it and several missing beads at one end.   You can use this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Green as a strap, a beaded strip for clothing or accessories or add it to you beadwork collection.   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.

Shop for more Wampum Belts

Read about Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

beaded strip

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Human Figures

Wampum Belt Seed Bead Human Figures

Seed Bead Wampum Belt with Human Figures

This Wampum Belt Seed Bead Human Figures is made with Seed Beads rather than Wampum Beads.  The crafter used glass Seed Beads in Black and White to create the design which features two human figures connected by a black line.  One figure has white beads in the center.  The crafter wove the belt on string.

This handmade glass bead Wampum Belt measures about 24 inches long x just over 2 inches wide. The string fringe measures about 8 inches long. We got this belt from a collection.  You will see dirt smudges on it and a loose section of beads at one end.   You can use this Wampum Belt Seed Bead Human Figures as a strap, a beaded strip for clothing or accessories or add it to you beadwork collection.   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.

Shop for more Wampum Belts

Read about Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

beaded strip

Wampum Belt 6 Row Purple

Wampum Belt 6 Row Purple

6 Row Purple Glass Wampum Belt

This Wampum Belt 6 Row Purple features a repeating diamond design. Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this gorgeous 6 row Purple Wampum Belt exclusively for us! He added a simple diagonal design with Ivory and Transparent Purple Glass Reproduction Wampum beads.

This handmade glass bead Belt measures approximately 32 inches long x 2.75 inches wide. The fringe measures about 11 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.

Shop for more Wampum Belts

Read about Eastern Woodlands Jewelry & Accessories

Watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

Wampum 1 inch Disc 1 Hole

Wampum 1 inch Disc

Wampum 1 inch Disc

Polished, round Wampum Discs come from Real Quahog Wampum Shell. These Wampum Discs come rounded, polished and have one hole drilled in them.

You will find these Wampum Discs perfect for making earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more! Natural variations add to their appeal.

We sell these by the disc. They measure approximately 1″ in diameter.

We are proud to offer Real Quahog Wampum Shell Tubes, Hairpipe, Beads and Findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. These Real Quahog Wampum Shell beads and pendants vary in color striations – each piece is a miniature work of art! These are exceptional pieces for the most particular craftspeople.

Shop for more Real Quahog Wampum!    Learn more about Wampum Bead History here!

3 Row Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit

3 Row Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit

Kit to make a 3 row Wampum Bead Bracelet

Our exclusive 3 Row Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit includes all the materials you need to make a single three row Glass Wampum Bead Bracelet. It will perfectly complement your Eastern Woodlands Regalia. This Kit includes pattern options for the bracelet, or you can design your own!

This Kit comes with  1 oz. each of Glass Wampum Beads in Cobalt Blue and White. You also get our own hand cut Deerskin Leather Wampum Warp Lace, a bobbin of NYMO Warp Thread, Needles, Glass Crow Beads and Illustrated Instructions. All you supply is a pair of scissors and a Bead Loom.

You will find more supplies at The Wandering Bull, LLC to make more Wampum Bead jewelry. We offer our Mighty Mini Bead Loom, Wampum Warp Lace, and Beading Needles. You can buy Wampum Beads in Glass, Clay and Real Quahog Wampum.

Click here to read more about using Bead Looms and watch our YouTube Video on How to Use a Bead Loom

Bead Kit, Beadwork Kit, Beading Kit

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.

Shop for more Wampum!  Learn more about Wampum Bead History here. 

Wampum Turtle Necklace and Earring Set

Real Quahog Wampum Turtle Necklace & Earrings

Our natural Wampum Turtle Necklace and Earrings make a perfect combination for a jewelry set!  The Wampum Turtle Earrings are Real Quahog Wampum Turtles with Sterling Silver French Hook earwires.  The Wampum Turtle Necklace comes strung on a Sterling Silver chain.

You can purchase the Wampum Turtle Necklace and the Wampum Turtle Earrings separately, but you save when you buy the set!

The Turtle Pendant represents Turtle who holds the world on his back. Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands prize the gorgeous purple and white natural Quahog Wampum shell.

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Wampum Medium Freeform Earrings

Wampum Medium Freeform Earrings

Wampum Medium Freeform Earrings

Enjoy the natural beauty of Quahog Wampum with these Wampum Medium Freeform Earrings! Each 1″ long Wampum pendant dangles from a Sterling Silver French Hook.  Because they are made from natural shell, expect variations in coloring.

Native Americans who live on the Northeast Coast of North America harvest Quahog clams from the waters of the Atlantic. Quahog shells thrive in the waters from Cape Cod south to New York. Native crafters carve the beautiful purple and white shells into pendants and beads.  Historically, these Wampum beads functioned as exchange items for the Northeastern Native Americans.

Today, skilled crafters use Quahog Wampum to create pendants, cabuchons and beads for contemporary jewelry.  At The Wandering Bull, LLC , we proudly offer a selection of Wampum earrings and pendants. We also provide you with Wampum beads, hairpipe and tubes so you can fashion your own creations!

Don’t miss our other Earrings!

Wampum Turtle Necklace

Wampum Turtle Necklace

Wampum Turtle Necklace

Our Wampum Turtle Necklace comes with a 1.5″ Wampum Turtle Pendant made with real Quahog Wampum. The Wampum Turtle Pendant comes strung on a silver chain.

Beautiful and simple, the Turtle Pendant represents Turtle who holds the world on his back. Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands prize the gorgeous purple and white natural Quahog Wampum shell.

Our Wampum Turtle Necklace comes in a gift box.

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Wampum Beads – Clay

Wampum Beads - Clay 21

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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Clay Wampum Bracelet

Clay Wampum Bracelet

Clay Wampum Bracelet

We make our own Clay Wampum Bracelets with Reproduction Polymer Clay Wampum beads. They are woven on soft Deerskin Leather Lacing, and have Glass Crow Bead closures.  The 5 Row Clay Wampum Bracelet also makes a nice armband.

Wampum Bead designs, Deerskin Leather Lacing color and Glass Crow Bead color will vary.

Choose from 3 styles:

  • 1 Row (0.5″ wide)
  • 3 Row (1.5″ wide)
  • 5 Row (2.5″ wide)

Buy one or a pair!

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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 Freeform Earrings

Wampum Freeform Disc Earrings

Wampum Freeform Earrings

Adorn your earlobes with these Wampum Freeform Earrings! Each 1/2″ Wampum pendant dangles from a Sterling Silver French Hook. These teardrop shaped earrings are freeform shapes, so no two are exactly the same.

Native Americans who live on the Northeast Coast of North America harvest Quahog clams from the waters of the Atlantic. Quahog shells thrive in the waters from Cape Cod south to New York. Native crafters carve the beautiful purple and white shells into pendants and beads.  Historically, these Wampum beads functioned as exchange items for the Northeastern Native Americans.

Today, skilled crafters use Quahog Wampum to create pendants, cabuchons and beads for contemporary jewelry.  At The Wandering Bull, LLC , we proudly offer a selection of Wampum earrings and pendants. We also provide you with Wampum beads, hairpipe and tubes so you can fashion your own creations!

Don’t miss our other Earrings!

Carved Wampum Cross

Carved Wampum Cross

Real Quahog Wampum Cross Pendant

The Carved Wampum Cross measures 1.25″ long with an attached ring.  You will find it perfect for making Necklaces!  Save when you buy 10 or more!

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.

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. You can find Quahogs in ocean waters from Cape Cod south to New York, with a great abundance in Long Island Sound. Native Americans of the northeast used wampum beads as a form of gift exchange.

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Read about the History of Wampum Beads

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

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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 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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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 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

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 Buttons & Conchos

Wampum Buttons & Conchos

2 and 4 Hole Real Quahog Wampum Buttons & Conchos

Gorgeous wampum makes wonderful Buttons! A large Wampum Button will make a lovely alternative to a Concho or Abalone Disc!

The thickness of shell required to create our large two hole buttons makes them less common. We also offer conventional 4 hole buttons for shirts, bags or whatever you wish!

We offer 2 styles and 4 sizes:

  • 30mm (approx 1-3/16″) 2 hole style
  • 35mm (approx 1-3/8″)  2 hole style
  • 12mm  (approx 0.47″) 4  hole style
  • 15mm  (approx. 0.60″) 4 hole style

Try these as a delightful alternative to metal or bone.  Who says buttons have to be boring? Try some wampum buttons on your next project!

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Choker Spacers – Wampum

Choker Spacers - Wampum

Real Quahog Wampum Choker Spacers

We offer real Quahog Wampum Choker Spacers for an especially nice finishing touch. Use these exquisite spacers on your next choker!

You will love the beautiful Quahog Wampum Shell with purple and white striations.

We proudly offer real Wampum Tubes, Hairpipe, Round Beads and findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Made from natural quahog shells, these beads and pendants will vary in color striations – each bead is a miniature work of art!  These are exceptional pieces for the most particular craftspeople. Please note prices are PER PIECE.

We sell these by the piece.  Choose 2 hole or 3 hole.

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Carved Wampum Feather Pendants

Carved Wampum Feather Pendants

Wampum Carved Feather Pendants

Carved Wampum Feather Pendants take their place among the real Wampum products we offer. You will also find real wampum tubes, Hairpipe, beads and findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Because they are made from natural quahog shells, these beads and pendants will vary in color striations – each bead is a miniature work of art!

These are exceptional pieces for the most particular craftspeople. Thus, please note prices are PER PIECE.

You can purchase our Wampum Feathers Pendants singly. If you order more than one, we will make best matches for pairs.

Choose a Straight Feather Pendant or a Curved Feather Pendant. They measure 1.25″ long with an attached ring.

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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 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 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.

Don’t miss our other Earrings!

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 Teardrop Earrings

Wampum Teardrop Earrings

Wampum Teardrop Earrings

These beautiful Wampum Teardrop Earrings feature a sterling silver rope design around the edge. They dangle from Sterling Silver hooks.

Native Americans who lived on the Northeast Coast of North America harvested Quahog clams from the waters of the Atlantic. Quahog shells thrive in the waters from Cape Cod south to New York, with a great abundance of them in Long Island Sound. Native crafters carved the beautiful purple and white shells into pendants and beads.  These Wampum beads functioned as exchange items for the Northeastern Native Americans.

Today, skilled crafters use Quahog Wampum to create pendants, cabuchons and beads for contemporary jewelry.  At The Wandering Bull, we proudly offer a selection of Wampum earrings and pendants. We also provide you with Wampum beads, hairpipe and tubes so you can fashion your own creations!

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Wampum Pendant Two Hole

Wampum Pendant Two Hole

Wampum Pendant Two Hole

These oval shaped Wampum Pendants are ready for your unique jewelry creations. Each measures about 1.5″ long x 1″ wide. They come with two holes drilled for stringing on necklaces or earrings. No two are alike.

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 use Wampum to make beads and pendants.

Shop for more Pendants!  Read about Wampum Bead History.

Wampum Bracelet 3 Row Matte Assorted

Wampum Bracelet  3 Row Matte Assorted

Wampum Bracelet  3 Row Matte Assorted

Our 3 Row Matte Glass Wampum bracelets are handmade just for us by Master Craftsman Andy Bullock. These handmade bracelets feature our Matte Glass Reproduction Wampum Beads in 7 different designs.

Each 3 Row Matte Glass Wampum Bracelet includes soft Deerskin Leather Lacing and Glass Crow Bead closures. They are adjustable, so one size fits all!

We stock these 3 Row Matte Glass Wampum Bracelets, so you may purchase a pair or several of these designs!

Choose from:

  • A. Red, Cobalt, White Cross
  • B. Red, Cobalt, White Diagonal
  • C. Purple, White, Cobalt Diagonal
  • D. Purple, Cobalt, White Cross
  • E. White, Turquoise, Cobalt
  • F. Turquoise, Cobalt, White
  • G. Cobalt, White, Turquoise, Red

Each of these bracelets are handmade, so the Deerskin Leather Lacing and Crow Bead colors will vary.

Wampum Beads – Matte Finish

Wampum Beads - Matte Finish

Glass Wampum Beads – Matte Finish

Matte glass Reproduction Wampum Beads have a very narrow diameter. That allows you to add more detail in your designs! The matte finish lets the color of the bead show without reflections.

Choose from six colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Turquoise
  • Cobalt
  • Light Purple

Each bead measures approx. 3.18mm x 8mm. You will get approx. 250 beads per ounce.

Purchase our Matte Finish Reproduction Wampum Beads in 1 ounce and 1/2 kilo (17 ounces) packages.

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Wampum Beads – Glass Trade

Wampum Beads - Glass Trade

Wampum Beads – Glass Trade

These mini glass wampum beads come in Black, White and Greasy Yellow. These Wampum Beads measure just 6mm long (that’s just over 1/8″).

Bead makers produced beads like these in Europe in the 1700s. Traders brought them to North America. Native American crafters used  these glass beads in place of actual Quahog Shell Wampum beads.

You will find them ideal for 18th century reproduction work.

We sell them by the ounce (approx. 160 for Black, 200 for White, 180 for Greasy Yellow) and the 1/2 Kilo (17 ounces).

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History of Trade Beads

From the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. Native Americans highly desired glass beads as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans. Corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions during the 19th century.

Wampum – Large Glass White

Wampum - Large Glass White

Wampum – Large Glass White

These Large Glass White Wampum beads come slightly faceted.   These Wampum Beads will add a little sparkle to your projects in a way that other glass wampum beads just can’t.

These White beads measure 1/4″ long and 3/16″ wide. The small holes will accommodate Thread and Imitation Sinew. Deerskin Leather Lacing will not fit through the holes.

Sold in 1 ounce packages. Approx. 85 beads per ounce.

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Glass Wampum Bracelet – 1 Row or 3 Row

Glass Wampum Bracelet - 1 Row or 3 Row

Wampum Glass Bracelet – 1 Row or 3 Row

We make our Reproduction Glass Wampum Bracelets with assorted Glass Wampum Beads. We weave them with soft Deerskin Leather Lacing. The Glass Crow Bead closures make them one size fits all.

Wampum Bead designs, Deerskin Leather Lacing color and Glass Crow Bead color will vary.

Choose 1 Row or 3 Row Styles.

You may also like our 3 Row Matte Wampum Bracelets!

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bear

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bear

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bear

This Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bear will look fabulous on earrings! You can see the Heartline etching on one side.

Our quality carved fetishes come drilled top to bottom. You will find them easy to use for stringing fetish necklaces or as drops. Each one varies in color and shape slightly.

The Bear Fetish measures approx. 17 mm or 5/8″ long x  1/2″ tall at the hump on the back

We also offer a Bird and a Fox Fetish.

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 Jewelry Fetish Fox

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Fox

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Fox

You will love using this Wampum Jewelry Fetish Fox on your next jewelry project!

Our quality carved fetishes come drilled top to bottom. You will find them easy to use for stringing fetish necklaces or as drops. Each one varies in color and shape slightly.

The Fox Fetish measures approximately 24 mm long.

We also offer a Bird and a Heartline Bear Fetish.

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.

Shop for more Wampum!

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bird

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bird

Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bird

This Wampum Jewelry Fetish Bird will look fabulous on earrings!

Our quality carved fetishes come drilled top to bottom. You will find them easy to use for stringing fetish necklaces or as drops. Each one varies in color and shape slightly.

The Bird Fetish measures approximately 24 mm long.

We also offer a Heartline Bear and a Fox Fetish.

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.

Shop for more Wampum!

Carved Wampum Turtles

Carved Wampum Turtles

Carved Wampum Turtles

We proudly offer real wampum tubes, hairpipe, beads and findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Made from natural quahog shells, these beads and pendants will vary in color striations – each bead is a miniature work of art! These are exceptional pieces for the most particular craftspeople. Please note prices are PER PIECE.

You will love our Carved Wampum Turtles for Earrings, Necklaces and other jewelry.

Carved Wampum Turtles are available in three sizes:

  • Small turtles 5/8″
  • Medium turtles 13/16″
  • Large turtles 1.5″

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Choker Clay Wampum with Turtle

Choker Clay Wampum with Turtle

Reproduction Clay Wampum Choker with Turtle Pendant

This Northeastern style Choker Clay Wampum with Turtle features Reproduction Polymer Clay wampum beads. The crafter created a cross design on this five row choker. He burnished the genuine bone pendant to highlight the turtle design.  For the choker spacers and the ends and ties, the crafter used Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  The 2 inch Turtle Pendant hangs about 4 inches below the bottom of the choker.  One of a Kind!

You will love wearing this unique choker to your next event!  This one of a kind Choker measures about 12 inches long. You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties.   You may also like our classic Clay Wampum Choker.

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Read our Article about the History of Wampum Beads

 

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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Wampum Round Bead

Wampum Round Bead

Wampum Round Bead

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.

Round Wampum Beads come in 4 sizes:

  • 3mm
  • 4mm
  • 5mm
  • 6mm

Quantity Discounts when you buy 10 or more of one size!

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Read More About Style of Beads in our article Beads Used by Native American Crafters

Wampum Hairpipe

Wampum Hairpipe

Wampum Hairpipe

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.

You commonly see Bone and Horn Hairpipe. You can create a very special choker using this Wampum Hairpipe! We sell these by the piece.

Choose from two sizes:

  • 16mm (just over 1/2″) x 4mm
  • 20mm (just over 3/4″) x 5mm

Buy 10 or more for quantity discounts!

Shop for more Hairpipe!  Learn more about Wampum Bead History here. 

Carved Wampum Arrowhead

Carved Wampum Arrowhead

Carved Wampum Arrowhead

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.

The Wampum Arrowhead measures 1.75″ long with an attached ring.  Perfect for making Necklaces!

Shop for more Pendants!

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

Wampum Freeform Pendant Small

Wampum Freeform Pendant Small

Wampum Freeform Pendant Small

Real Quahog Wampum Freeform  pendants come in a teardrop shape. Each of these pre-drilled pendants is unique and ready to be added to your next jewelry creation. Note the photo shows both sides of the pendant. The back side of the shell is white.

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.

The small Freeform Pendants measure approximately 1/2″ long with a drilled hole.  Perfect for making Necklaces!

Shop for more Pendants!  Learn more about Wampum Bead History here. 

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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Clay Wampum Choker

Clay Wampum Choker

Clay Wampum Choker

We use Reproduction Polymer Clay wampum beads to make this classic choker. The five row choker features a cross design.  We use handcut Deerskin Leather to make the choker spacers and the ends and ties.

Our Clay Wampum Choker measures about 10″ long.  You can adjust the fit with the Deerskin Leather Lacing ties. Expect slight variations in these handmade chokers.

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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 Rice Beads

Wampum Rice Beads

Wampum Rice Beads

Wampum Rice Beads are similar to hairpipe – but shorter! You will find them great for earrings and as spacers on necklaces.

We proudly offer real wampum tubes, hairpipe, beads and findings for your most traditional jewelry and regalia. Made from natural quahog shells, these 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.

Only $4.75 each when you buy 10 – 24  or $4.10 each when you buy 25+!

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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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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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Otter Bag Beaded

Unique Eastern Beaded Otter Skin Bag

Unique Otter Bag with Eastern Beadwork

Add this Beaded Otter Bag made with a cased pelt and leather lace handle to your collection of accessories! The crafter designed this unique piece with the head folding over to close the opening of the bag. Red felt and small clear beads lines the opening. You will find a metal brooch stamped SP on the top of the head. Green melon chevron beads on red felt fabric create the eyes. A floral design on red felt fabric and dangles made of clear seed and tube beads, real wampum buttons and clear sequins adorn all four legs. Red ribbons and dangles hang from each foot.

The 20″ tail has a floral and bird design also on red felt fabric, and dangles made of clear seed and tube beads, real wampum buttons and clear sequins. The Beaded Otter Bag measures approx. 24″ long and 7″ wide.

Traditionally Otter bags are used for carrying personal belongings, herbs, ceremonial items or as a decorative accessory. It’s softness, durability, and water-resistant properties make it a highly valuable and a preferred material for creating bags that can withstand different weather conditions. Intricate beadwork, quillwork, or other decorative elements often decorate the bags.

This Beaded Otter Bag is One of a Kind!

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Read more about Beads used by Native American Crafters!

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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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!

Gustoweh Headdress Kit

Gustoweh Headdress Kit

Kit to Make an Iroquois Style Headdress

Our updated Gustoweh Headdress Kit has everything you need to make an Iroquois Gustoweh (Real Hat). This is one of the most appropriate headdresses for Eastern Woodlands Indian Regalia.

Our Gustoweh Headdress Kit includes:

  • Natural Turkey Feathers
  • Wood splints for the frame
  • Fabric
  • Glover’s Needle
  • Black Warp Thread
  • 3 Wood Feather Sockets & Pin sets
  • Tape
  • Illustrated Directions.

You will also need Pliers, Scissors and Glue or a Hot Glue Gun.

Full color illustrations walk you through the construction of a basic Gustoweh Headdress. You choose which Feather placement from each of the five Iroquois Nations you prefer. Decorate your completed Gustoweh with a Gustoweh Band or Trade Brooches. You may also add Beadwork or a Wampum Bead Strip.

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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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Bone Buttons

Bone Buttons

Bone Buttons

Bone Buttons make a great alternative to contemporary buttons. Use them on historical Regalia. You can also use them as decorative buttons on your Native American craft projects.

These Buttons measure 1″ in diameter with 2 holes.

Because these Buttons are natural products, the colors will vary. Most are ivory colored but some are darker.

We also offer Buttons in natural Quahog Wampum Shell, Deer Antler and Pewter.  Shop all of our Buttons!

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!

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.

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.

Arrowhead – Assorted 1″

Arrowheads Assorted sizes and colors

Arrowhead – Assorted

Need some arrowheads? We offer carved arrowhead replicas for show. You will find them made from assorted stones in varying colors.

We sell them by the piece, please let us choose for you.

Don’t miss our Carved Wampum Arrowhead for necklaces!

Button – Pewter

Button - Pewter

Button – Pewter

We offer two styles of Pewter Buttons for your historical regalia.  Add the perfect period correct finish to clothing and accessories.

We use these on our custom made Wool Weskits.

Choose a flat top or a slightly domed top.

Choose from 3 styles. We sell them individually.

We also offer Buttons in natural Quahog Wampum Shell, Deer Antler and natural Bone.  Shop all of our Buttons!

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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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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Wampanoag Art for the Ages

Wampanoag Art for the Ages

Wampanoag Art for the Ages

Traditional and Transitional.  By Lee Roscoe.  Softcover. 77 pgs.

In this well illustrated book.  Lee Roscoe profiles several Wampanoag artists and discusses their work.  She begins with Wetu, or bark dwellings, and continues with Matting, Twining, Pottery, Wampum, Regalia, Adornment, Painting and Mixed Media.  Each section features a Wampanoag artist and includes historical information about the craft itself and the required materials.   This unique book provides a look into contemporary Wampanoag art, as well as the cultural history that inspires it.

The Appendix lists museums and other venues where you can view Native American art and exhibits.

ISBN 9780578262925

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Hat Glengarry with Turtle

Hat Glengarry with Turtle

Glengarry Style Hat with Beaded Snapping Turtle

This Hat Glengarry with Turtle will be a fabulous accessory for your next event, or an addition to your collection.  The crafter decorated the sides of this Red Wool cap  with Double Curve designs in White Seed Beads.  He accented these designs with real Quahog Wampum discs and tubes.  On the top, the crafter created a Snapping Turtle design with White Seed Beads.  He edged the bottom of the cap with Black Ribbon.  A bow and drops of more Black Ribbon appear on the back of the cap.  The crafter lined the inside of the cap with dark red fabric.

The Glengarry hat is a traditional Scottish cap that Scottish military regiments wore. The name comes from the Glengarry region in Scotland.  Traders imported hats like these for exchange with Native Americans during the 19th century. Iroquois and Wabanaki crafters decorated them with Beadwork and Ribbons to make colorful accessories.  This Hat Glengarry with Turtle measures about 11.5 inches long  and about 4.5 inches wide at the top.  We got this cap from a collection.  It is in new condition.  One of a Kind!

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Tile Beads Antique Frosted

Tile Beads Antique Frosted

Antique Frosted White Tile Beads

Try these white Tile Beads Antique Frosted on your next jewelry or loom work project.  These 4 mm long beads are comparable in size to our Glass Reproduction Wampum Beads.  We have these beads available in limited quantities.  Make sure to buy enough for your you whole project!  We are selling these beads in four ounce packages.

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Pipe Bag Northern Plains Style

Pipe Bag Northern Plains Style

Painted and Beaded Northern Plains Style Pipe Bag

Store your favorite pipe with this one of a kind Pipe Bag Northern Plains Style.  The crafter made it with Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  He painted both sides green with painted handprints.  They are red on one side and yellow on the other.  He used lazy stitch to create a beaded strip on one side of the bag with White, Transparent Navy Blue, Yellow and White Center Red Seed Beads.  On the bottom, he created a beaded panel using lazy stitch.   This design features White, Yellow, Navy Blue and a different stock of White Center Red Seed Beads.

Below this, you will find a section of beaded fringe.  The beaded panel features small reproduction Wampum Beads in White, Black, Blue, Red and Yellow.  Twelve inches of painted Deerskin Leather fringe hangs from the bottom of this panel.  At the top, the crafter added tab fringe.  He painted the leather yellow and added red and black triangular designs to each tab.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a tie to hold the bag closed.

This Pipe Bag Northern Plains Style measures 16 inches x 6.5 inches, not including the beaded fringe.  The beaded panel and fringe measures about 14 inches long for an overall length of about 30 inches.  One of a Kind!

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