Hundreds of young and old members of the Akwesasne reservation turned out Friday to see a famous wampum belt delivered by canoe. The treasured tribal artifact was brought to the shore of the St. Lawrence River in Hogansburg, where a line of residents passed the belt from person to person until it arrived at the Akwesasne Museum. Ernest Benedict (below), 92, of the Akwesasne Reservation in Hogansburg got his first look Friday at a wampum belt that could be 250 years old. The belt is believed to represent a peace treaty, of sorts, between the Mohawks of the St. Lawrence River and the British or French. The belt had been in the State Museum in Albany and has now been returned to the Akwesasne Museum, where it will be placed in a vault.
(P-R Photo/Jack LaDuke)
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From September 2010