Mohawk Territory on the Internet
No Iroquois chief would listen to a messenger or pay attention to a report until he received official information through a runner who carried the proper wampum string or belt. Wampum guaranteed a message or a promise. Treaties meant nothing unless they were accompanied by wampum.
Wampum Belts of the Iroquois
Kwe kwe! She:kon! Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton!My name is Darren Bonaparte and I am from the Mohawk community of Ahkwesáhsne on the St. Lawrence River. I’m not so much a historian as a historical journalist—someone trying to get to the truth about history rather than bore you to tears with the trivia of it. Mohawk history is an awesome subject, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Mohawk, or because I flunked Mohawk math and science.
I created the Wampum Chronicles website in 1999 as a way of promoting my research into the history and culture of the Rotinonhsión:ni—the People of the Longhouse. Around this time I began to make wampum belt reproductions and used them in presentations I gave at schools, colleges, conferences and festivals throughout the US and Canada. I must have done a half decent job of it, because in 2003 I was asked to serve as a historical advisor for a PBS documentary about the French and Indian War. I have been involved with several other TV projects since then.
In 2006, I published my first solo book project, Creation & Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois, which was the result of my research into the many published versions of the traditional creation story and the Peacemaker legend, the two “epics” of Rotinonhsión:ni culture. In 2009, I published the follow-up, A Lily Among Thorns: The Mohawk Repatriation of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha. This was a study of European contact and colonization at the Eastern Door of the Longhouse that culminated with the life of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha, the Lily of the Mohawks.
Lately, I’ve been burning up the roads doing wampum belt presentations and book signings in New York, Vermont, Ontario, and Quebec, but hopefully I will get back to writing again and finish the next two books in the series.
To celebrate the Wampum Chronicles’ tenth year
online, I thought I would strip it down and give it a new coat of
paint. I’ve created a few new pages to promote some of my
projects, and have revamped a few of the existing pages so that they’re
a little easier on the eyes. The old homepage and its Atari Space
Invaders look is history!
The Wampum Chronicles offers you a glimpse into history with a recreated 18th century treaty council, complete with 18 wampum belt reproductions that tell the story of the Mohawk Nation. I have been doing these living history presentations for over a decade and see no reason to slow down now.
To arrange a visit of the Wampum Chronicles to your school, college, or special event, scroll down to the bottom of this page and jot down the email address you see listed there.
Send me an email but please write PRESENTATION in the heading to make sure I see it.
Then go to the pay phone at 3rd and Main and await my call.
The Wampum Chronicles is now a publishing empire! When you’re named Bonaparte, empires just go with the territory.
My books are a natural extension of the Wampum Chronicles style: an all-out cage match with Mohawk history. Those looking for a feel-good romp through the daisy fields of yesteryear should probably look elsewhere. Click on the icons below to read more about the books and how to buy them online, in stores, or by mail order.
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria once said, Happy is the nation without a history. Oops! My bad! I went and gave my nation a history. While I'm busy wondering how on earth I will ever make this up to everyone, feel free to sit back and read some of the materials I've accumulated here at the Wampum Chronicles for the last ten years. I'm in the process of cleaning up the older pages to make them easier for you to read on your BlackBerry as you drive.
The Great EpicThe Rotinonhsón:ni Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera by Brian Rice
Due to pending publication of The Great Epic as a book,
this content has been removed from the Wampum Chronicles.
We will let you know how to order it from the publisher
when it becomes available.
Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Indians
The History of the Three Chief System and the Constitution of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, by Darren Bonaparte
- St. Regis Mission Established 250 Years Ago This Year
- The “Boundaries” of the St. Regis Mission
- The First Families of Akwesasne
- The Darkest Day in Mohawk History
- “…To Smoke the Pipe of Peace…”
- “Burying the Hatchet” at the Treaty of Kahnawake
- Was Akwesasne’s “Burnt Church” a Sacrifice to Peace?
- Louis Cook: A French and Indian Warrior
- Louis Cook: A “Colonel” of Truth?
- Colonel Louis at Oriskany and Valley Forge
- The Missions of Atiatonharongwen
- Eleazer Williams: The Lost Mohawk
- The Unquiet Rest of Eleazer Williams
- A “Jake Ice” for the American Side of Akwesasne
- Mohawks Know the Dark Side of Bridges
- The Healing Powers of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
- Old News Clippings Document “Mohawk” Political Revival
- The St. Regis Mohawk School and the Cultural Revival of 1937
- Akwesasne's First Newspaper and the Return to Traditional Government
- The Two Row Wampum Belt: An Akwesasne Tradition
- The Covenant Chain of Peace and Friendship Returns to Akwesasne
- Nia:wen ko:wa, Tehanetorens: Akwesasne Remembers Ray Fadden
- Land Where the Partridge Drums: A History of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation
- Kaniatarowanenneh: River of the Iroquois
- The Seven Nations Of Canada: The Other Iroquois Confederacy
- The History Of Akwesasne: From Pre-Contact To Modern Times
- The History of the St. Regis Catholic Church & the Early Pastors
- A Gift to the Seventh Generation: The Legacy of Kanonsase
- Saiowisakeron: The Jake Ice Story
- Sakaronhiokeweh: A Tribute to a Mohawk Wampum Belt Maker
- The Huron Gift to Kahnawake
- The Evergrowing Tree Belt
- The Atotarho Belt
- Mohawk Longhouses
- 2004 Living History Workshop
- The Treaty of Kahnawake of 1760
- Claus to Haldimand, Nov. 19, 1778
- The Seven Nations of Canada Treaty of 1796
- The Council of Kahnawake of 1799
- The Life of Colonel Louis Cook by Eleazer Williams
- “St. Regis” (1853) by Franklin B. Hough
- The Akwesasne Council of Life Chiefs by Franklin B. Hough
- Petitions of the Life Chiefs
- Facts About St. Regis Indians (1915)
- 1890 Census Map of Akwesasne(PDF)
- Benjamin Franklin: Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
- Old Mohawk Words
The following external links are provided for information purposes only. Please note that some of the people listed as friends may not be actual friends and should not feel entitled to call me when moving furniture to new apartments.
- At the Eastern Door
- Dawn Dumont, Comedienne
- Jake Thomas Learning Centre
- Mohawk Language News
- Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa
- Peace 4 Turtle Island
- Real People's History
- Revolutionary Creations
- Sequoia Fine Arts
- Sosakete: Traditional Mohawk Pottery
- Stone Canoe Gallery
- Storyteller's House
- Tammy Beauvais Designs
- Waaban Aki Crafting
- Wanuken Traditional Arts
- The Wampum Shop
- Where License Reigns With All Impunity by Stephen Arthur
- Digital Book Index: Iroquois
- Sacred Texts: Iroquois
- The Jesuit Relations and the History of New France
- The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents
- The Life of Kateri Tekakwitha
- Early Canadiana Online
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
- Northeast Anthropology Links
- Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
- Iroquois Confederacy and the Influence Thesis
- NA Political Systems and the Evolution of Democracy
- New York State Archives
- New York State Library
- New York State Museum
- Carnegie Museum: The Iroquois
- Raid on Deerfield, 1704
- McCord Museum, Montreal
- Drouler's Site/Tsiionhiawakwatha
- Library and Archives Canada
- Ontario Archives
- Genealogy Resources
- Iroquois Texts at Archive.org
- The Papers of Sir William Johnson
- Northern New York Historical Newspapers
- Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
- St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
- Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs
- Akwesasne Freedom School
- Akwesasne Cultural Center
- Ronathahon:ni Cultural Centre
- CKON FM
- Indian Time Newspaper
- Kahnawake Longhouse
- Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
- The Eastern Door Newspaper
- K103.7 FM
- Kanien'kehaka Onkwawén:na Raotitiohkwa
- Other Kahnawake Links
- Kanesatakehro:non Tsi Nihatweienno:ten Cultural Centre
- Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
- Kahniote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library
- Kwe Radio 105.9 FM
- Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
- Aboriginal Voices Radio
- Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
- Turtle Island News
- CKRZ 100.3 FM
- Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community
- Oneida Indian Nation
- Onondaga Nation
- Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force
- Cayuga Nation
- Ganondagan State Historic Site
- Seneca Nation of Indians
- Seneca Iroquois National Museum
- Tonawanda Seneca Nation of Indians