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The wampum belt was used by the Iroquois for trade, to tell stories, etc.

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What did the designs on wampum record?

You mean wampum belts, not wampum which simply refers to the shell beads from which belts were made (the Wampanoag word Wampumpeag = small white shell beads).Wampum belts were not produced until after contact with Europeans, so it is likely that they were influenced by European writing and documents; since they natives could not write they recorded important events such as treaties or agreements in pictorial (pictographic) form on wampum belts.The link below takes you to an image of Tsawanhohi holding a wampum belt, 1825:


What did Native Americans use a wampum for?

Wampum belts were used by some tribes as a form of money. They were traded for goods or services. More importantly, however, is that the wampum belts were also mostly sacred records of a persons family.


What did the colonists use the wampum for?

the colonists use the wampum for trading with the native americans


Shell belts used as money were called what?

Shell belts used as money were called wampums -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While the Native people did not use wampums as money originally, when Europeans came to the Americas, they realized the importance of wampum to Native people and soon, they were trading wampum shells with the native peoples of New England and New York. The New England colonies demonetized wampum in 1663, but it continued as currency in New York until 1673. Other cultures also used shells as money - see the related link below.


What did Native Americans use seashells for?

Native Americans used seashells to make jewelry and also trade them as a type of currency. These beads and ornaments used for trading were called wampum.

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