History of Wampum

Wampumpeag (Wampum) are traditional shell beads of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of the indigenous people of North America.  Wampum include the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell; and the white and wampum_factory_cambell_interiorpurple beads made from the quahog, or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam. Wampum were used as money, and were kept on strings like Chinese cash. Strings of wampum were also used instead of writing, and were created to record treaties or historical events. European colonists used wampum for trading with Native Americans, and adopted it as their own currency. However, the Europeans’ greater access to shell sources, machinery tools and capital led to the overproduction of wampum, causing inflation and ultimately the obsolescence of wampum as currency. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

 

We use the term Wampum in honor of the Wampanoag and Narragansett people who helped Roger Williams and some other liberty minded people wampum(mostly Baptists) establish the first government in the history of humanity where soul liberty was the rule of law. A place where people were free to believe what they wanted and worship how they wanted without fear of persecution.  If it wasn’t for these good people of the Wampanoag and Narragansett some of us would not exist today and more importantly, America would not exist or at least be something much worse than it is today.  The biblical principles of liberty, soul liberty, freedom of conscience were birthed in Rhode Island and are where the founding fathers got the concepts of freedom of speech and religion that were incorporated into the US Constitution.