The original 400-year-old Two Row Wampum Belt that symbolizes the peace and friendship treaty between the Iroquois Confederacy and Dutch settlers in 1613 will be on display in Western New York Saturday and Sunday as part of the statewide Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.
The Two Row Wampum will be presented from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Native American Community Services, 1005 Grant St. Guests are welcome to stay for a potluck dinner afterward. It also will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cattaraugus Community Center, 12757 Route 438, Irving.
Each presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer session with Jake Edwards, an Onondaga chief with the title Wampum Keeper, and Richard Hamell, associate professor emeritus at Monroe Community College.
The Two Row Wampum will be displayed with 65 replicas of historic belts and two other original wampum belts – the Hiawatha, the national belt of the Haudenosaunee, which has become the familiar emblem of unity among the Five Nations of the Iroquois; and the Covenant Chain, which marks treaties between the Iroquois and Europeans in the 17th and 18th century.