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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
We Stand Together Fact #2
choosing to stand together! Here is Daily Fact #2:
on a beaded Wampum Belt, one of the first treaties between First Nations and
Europeans dates to 1645 and was called Kahswenhtha, or “Sharing the same river;
steering our own boats.”
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Wampum belts were often made as a way of recording an agreement or treaty
between different First Nations. They were made with Wampum beads, which were
carved from a valuable kind of seashell. One of the first peace treaties
established between the Iroquois Nation and Europeans in the 1600s was named
Kahswenhtha, and was also symbolized by a belt made using Wampum
Kahswentha belt has two parallel rows of purple Wampum beads on a background of
white beads. The white beads symbolize the purity of the peace agreement, and
represent “the river of life.” The two rows of purple beads represent the two
groups of people involved in the agreement: namely, the First Nations Peoples
and the Europeans.
embodies the concepts of peace, friendship and respect. It was created to
emphasize the peaceful co-existence of the Europeans with the First Nations
Peoples. “Sharing the same river; steering our own boats” refers to the two very
different cultures, customs, traditions and ways of life of the two Peoples.
With the signing of the treaty, both Peoples agreed to follow their respective
customs without interfering with those of the other.