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Wampum is a traditional shell bead 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 purple shell beads from the Western North Atlantic quahog (KWA-hog) Clam found only along the coastlines of New England . Each quahog shell contains only a small amount of purple, making the purple beads much more rare and valuable over the white beads. The process of cutting and making beads is also very difficult and time consuming contributing to the great value they hold historically and today....

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