Hiawatha: The Hiawatha Belt -Hiawatha (also known as Ayenwatha, Aiionwatha, or Haiëñ'wa'tha in Onondaga) was a pre-colonial Native American leader and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, he was a leader of the Onondaga, or the Mohawk or both. According to some versions, he was born an Onondaga, but adopted into the Mohawk. I am smidge Mohawk, and Cherokee.
Iroquois history states that Hayehwatha introduced the wampum. The wampum was sacred and used as an invitation and/or treaty, recording significant events. The Hayehwatha Belt symbolizes the unity of the five Iroquois Nations. The squares from left to right are: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga (the tree; they are the wampum keepers), Cayuga and Seneca. The line between indicates alliance with the ends open to invite other nations to join.