In Memory of Andrew Hunter
Andrew passed away at the end of 2007, a victim of liver cancer. We will keep this page up to remember the beautiful wampum jewelry he helped to pioneer. His life exemplified his dedication to his craft and to his family. He will be missed.
The Story of Wampum
Wampum is made from the Quohog clam shell. It was
used by East Coast Native Americans for ceremonies, adornment
and as a medium of exchange. The deep purple section of the shell
is know as "Sacki" and has double the value of the "Wompi"
(the white section).
became known as the Native's badge of wealth and position. It
is most noted for its role in the historic "Treaty Belts"
of the Iroquois which tell of tribal history and agreements with
the United States. If one carried wampum, it was believed to be
one's passport to the Spirit World.
Meherrin jewelry maker, Andrew Hunter, by adapting
the techniques of turquoise jewelry to wampum, has revitalized
a precious element of eastern Woodland culture. The Meherrin still
reside in North Carolina, near the route of the historic Great