Cherokee Wampum War and Peace Belts 1730 to Present
by Karen Cooper; SB 72 pages, this book covers the importance of the Wampum belt in Cherokee history. The use of wampum belts as documents had been used as a way to memorialize agreements. They were hand woven, including beads woven into pictorial images. Cherokee use of wampum seems to have occurred most heavily during the French and Indian War. After 1821, and Sequoyah’s completion of a writing system for the Cherokee language, messages could then be written by Cherokee hands. Wampum was still considered a symbolic power, and are considered sacred by the Cherokee society possessing them. Only seven remain in existence. This book is a fascinating history resource.