White and purple wampum beads threaded on a string.

Title: Wampum string

Source : Huron-Wendat Museum

Year: 2011

Wampum beads were made on the east coast of North America. Because of the trade gatherings these beads could be found as far away as the Great Lakes. They had great value because they were used to make the wampum belts for traditional treaties and symbolized the words of the participants.