Authentic Aquinnah Wampanoag Made Wampum/Wayward Wampum

Gay Head, Massachusetts

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Announcement    Welcome to my Etsy Gallery. Everything you see here is custom, made-to-order Native American Wampum Jewelry. Please contact me for questions and any ordering information.


Last updated on Jun 7, 2019

Welcome to my Etsy Gallery. Everything you see here is custom, made-to-order Native American Wampum Jewelry. Please contact me for questions and any ordering information.



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Jason Widdiss

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Jason Widdiss


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About JasonWiddissWampum

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On Etsy since 2012

What Wampum is

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my shop! Here's a peek into the history behind a long tribal tradition.

WAMPUM- The Algonquin word for beads made from the hard shell clam(quahog) and whelk.

When used as tribute by Southeast New England tribes the beads were considered a sign of respect and honor. Used as currency in lieu of scarce silver coinage, mostly for prized beaver and other fur pelts, the purple beads brought twice the value as the white in trade.

Predominant in the coastal regions of southern New England, wampum enriched the tribes of this area during the early contact trading period. Wampum beads originally served as decoration and ornamentation, the individual beads painstakingly hand crafted by native artisans.

A select group of contemporary native artists have reintroduced this craft as a tribute to the cultural and artistic contributions of their ancestors, and by doing so provide a tangible link to traditions of the past and the history of the region.

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  • Jason Widdiss

    Owner, Aquinnah Wampanoag Wampum Artist

    Hi! I'm Jason Widdiss, Im an Aquinnah Wampanoag wampum artist. I've been making wampum jewelry for over 10 years. With each new design, I work to put a modern twist on an ancient tribal tradition.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 2, 2015
Welcome to my Etsy shop. All of the designs here are hand crafted Wampum Jewelry from Martha's Vineyard by Aquinnah Wampanoag Artist Jason Widdiss. This is authentic native-made jewelry and includes my tribal registration for authenticity.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, contact me as soon as possible.

Be sure you confirm the correct size as some bracelets take more than 2 days to string. Orders will not be refunded for incorrect sizing. All sales are final. Manufacturers defects are very rare and will always be corrected to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

Contact me for repairs, restrings, etc., evaluated and priced on a case-by-case basis.

Every bead is double reamed to ensure its integrity.
Currently, I am only accepting payment directly through etsy and via check or money order. With either payment form, orders will be canceled if payment is not received within 7 days. Design will begin as soon as payment is received.
As each order is custom made, please allow 1 - 2 weeks for your item to ship. All U.S. destined items ship USPS First Class Mail. You will be provided with a tracking number with your shipping confirmation email, this helps you to track your item's travels and notifies me when you have received it.

Every purchase comes with a card explaining wampum, including my personal signature and tribal enrollment number.

Please make sure I have the correct shipping address.

Please contact me directly for questions or for shipping upgrade requests.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each order includes a card verifying my signature and tribal enrollment number, proof of a product's authentic native american arts status.

Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1992, a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced.