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    Mi'kmaq game of waltes
    MicMac Canada - Eastern
    The following essay was written by Gloria Gould for a Folklore course at the University College of Cape Breton. It was based on an interview conducted with Mr. Peter D. Denny of Eskasoni, Nova Scotia in April, 1987, and edited somewhat for use on this website.
    Vatican Wampum Belt - An Important American Indian Artifact and its Cultural Origins and Meaning
      Canada - Eastern
    By Marshal Becker -- The Vatican wampum belt is an interesting and late example of a sub-category of examples that I call Religious, or Ecclesiastical-Convert, wampum belts. Religious Belts are distinct from the normal Secular (Diplomatic-Political) belts in their use, but were produced by native crafters using traditional technology but incorporating religious texts and/or themes that reflect their use within the Catholic church mission system. The first known examples of Religious belts date from the 1650s. The last known example is the Vatican belt that was made at the Lac des Deux Montagnes missionary community near Montreal in 1831 and sent as a gift to Pope Gregory XVI in Rome.




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