By Penelope Myrtle Kelsey
Because the fourteenth century, japanese Woodlands tribes have used smooth red and white shells referred to as "wampum" to shape intricately woven belts. those wampum belts depict major moments within the lives of the folk who make up the tribes, portraying every thing from weddings to treaties. Wampum belts can be utilized as a kind of forex, yet they're basically used as a way to checklist major oral narratives for destiny generations. In studying the Wampum, Kelsey offers the 1st educational attention of the ways that those sacred belts are reinterpreted into present Haudenosaunee culture. whereas Kelsey explores the cultured allure of the belts, she additionally presents insightful research of the way readings of wampum belts can swap our figuring out of particular treaty rights and land exchanges. Kelsey exhibits how modern Iroquois intellectuals and artists adapt and think again those conventional belts in new and leading edge methods. examining the Wampum conveys the energy and continuance of wampum traditions in Iroquois artwork, literature, and group, suggesting that wampum narratives pervade and reappear in new guises with each one new iteration.