- Jesuit Belt
This belt tells about the Jesuit visitors who established a foothold
on the banks of Onondaga Lake. The Jesuit missionaries began relations
with the Onondagas in the 1650's. Eventually there was a meeting between
the Jesuits and the Onondagas. There the Onondagas believed that the
Jesuits wanted to have the Catholic beliefs be adopted by the people.
An Onondaga chief was recorded to say, "Your people believe in
many different ways and argue amongst each other as which way is best.
We will consider changing to your religion when all of your people
agree on which way is the best."
The Onondaga denied their requests to join the Catholic faith. This
belt was made to remind the people to continue their traditional ways
and to not be drawn into the new religions from across the big water.