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La Potherie wampum
Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Library
Claude-Charles Le Roy Bacqueville de la Potherie,
Histoire de l'Amérique septentrionale.

Paris:
Jean-Luc Nion et François Didot, 1722.

La Potherie, an admirer of Iroquois culture, includes this image of Iroquois wampum with this note: wampum "is their writing for making peace treaties, for diplomacy, for expressing their thoughts, for settling disputes, for condemnation or for absolution; it serves as an ornament for young warriors going to battle, who make it into bracelets and belts which they place on their white shirts."

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