Two Row Wampum Agreement

This is an agreement between our two peoples. This agreement is still in force because the grass is still green. He was the grandfather of all the contracts, he was the first one we did. At that time, a very important concept was expressed, which was to say that we were equal. At that time, the Haudenosaunee was a very powerful and powerful people. We realized that you were a young person, that you are learning, but we realized that you were the same. This is a very important topic. You have to understand the concept: we recognized you as human beings and that we were equal. You say you`re our father and I`m your son. We say, “We will not be like father and son, but as brothers.” This wampum belt confirms what we`re talking about. […] None of us will legislate or interfere in the internal affairs of the other.

None of us will try to fly the other ship. Wampums are purple and white tubular beads of seashells. Wampum is mainly used by indigenous peoples of the eastern forests for ornamental, ceremonial, diplomatic and commercial purposes. Wampum belts were used to mark agreements between peoples. (See also the chain of alliances and treaties with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.) Open Library Learn more about the wampum belt, their use and meaning Wampum belt and other wampum beads artifacts continue to be important to indigenous peoples and any contracts or agreements they might represent. The Dutch were well aware of the political and military strength of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (of which the Kanien`keh`: ka belonged) and agreed with the two-ranked principles. As it was customary to record important events, the Haudenosaunee created a wampum belt with purple and white quahog shells to recall the agreement. John Borrows, an indigenous law scholar and author of the Canadian Indigenous Constitution, describes the physical nature of the Two Row Wampum as follows: The two-row wampum belt is a symbolic report on the first agreement between Europeans and Indians at Turtle Island (North America). The agreement outlined a commitment to friendship and peace between people who live permanently in parallel, with each party recognizing the other as an equal partner.

Subsequent contractual relations between the native peoples of the Canadian prairies and the Colon Society, as well as the colonial structures they created, were widely regarded as a broken chain of alliance, founded by Two Row Wampum.