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A Native Spokesman's Use of Wampum in Addressing the British
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Title: A Native Spokesman's Use of Wampum in Addressing the British
Identifier: MC0705
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Indians of North America

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Description: An engraving from a painting by Benjamin West. The Indians customarily conducted and sealed their agreements with wampum belts, a system totally foreign to the Europeans. The problems of communication between the Europeans and the Indians were indeed enormous. Native languages cannot be easily translated into French or English, nor can the European tongues be readily translated into Indian. The illustration and descriptive text are from "The Mississauga of New Credit", by Donald B. Smith with the assistance of Bryan LaForme, Volume 22 of "Canada's Visual History", from the National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada and the National Film Board of Canada. Description as of February 2014.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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