You have to remember, we came this way for survival, for seafood, clams,
oysters, abundance of food we have here. So
on the way down we fought with other tribes. By the time we got in this area
we was one of the most powerful, vicious tribes around.
TANTAQUIDGEON: And there's one story that was told to us that when they
arrived in what's now Connecticut, they must have disrupted some of the
groups that were in the area because they called them invaders Ė Pequotaug, and that's where you get the name Pequot.
TANTAQUIDGEON: Uncas claimed the name ďMoheganĒ when he separated from
the Pequot because thatís the original name of our group, an ancient clan
name of the Delaware meaning ďWolf peopleĒ.
collar represents the only artifact of wampum that has stayed n the hands of
Indian people in all of New England.
symbols on the collar are very important.
The two white triangles signify the split between the Mohegan and the
Pequot people. The purple in between the two triangles signifies the trouble
and the division between them.
Uncas was born in 1598, just before the arrival of the European colonists.
As a boy, he learned tribal stories of fierce change
DAVISON: My great, great grandmother, Mary Tracy Fielding Storey, told this
tale that her great, great grandmother told her to her. When the English
came in their ships the Indians saw those vessels and they thought that they
were ani mals with great white wings and that they spoke with thunder,
ominous rumble, and that they breathed smoke and fire. And one of the
prophets said, this is the animal that will come and eat all the Indians up.
Weíre here. They didnít do it.
|Faith Davison, Tribal
EICHELBERG: Cochegan Rock is the largest freestanding boulder in New
England left here by the glaciers. Uncas always held council on the
top of this rock.
word sachem as Uncas was
called means ďrock manĒ, and in Mohegan they would say Ne-woe-me-suns-mo,
which mean are you going to the rock, or are you coming to the rock?
And that was a phrase that probably would have been used when Uncas
decided to hold council and call all his captains to come to the rock.
Shantok and Cochegan Rock are probably the two places that are best
known as Uncasís stamping grounds, if you will, because they would
have to come all the way from Fort Shantok over here to this rock to
hold council and, of course, Fort Shantok is the area where the ĺ our
village actually was.
used to come here as a young man. a lot of the kids, this was
woods to play because all the children wanted to come and see
Cochegan Rock and see where Uncas held council.
Uncas lived a long life, from 1598 to 1683. He was the Great Protector
of his people then and now. The places where Uncas lived have remained
sacred to the Mohegan Tribe for centuries. Jayne Fawcett is the tribal
FAWCETT (Tribal Ambassador, Mohegan Tribe): This is Uncas Spring and
not far from here is the cabin of Uncas. This is an important place to
us, really a sacred place because the waters are said to bring
strength and to bring healing and itís also a place where we
continually honor Uncas.
I was a child I used to come here with my uncle and I always thought
of him as the keeper of the spring, and he would come here every
spring and clean all of the debris out and leave a cup because he felt
that it was important that whoever was thirsty and was passing through
should be able to get a drink from from this spot.
GILMAN (Pipe Carrier, Mohegan Tribe): Weíre at Uncasís cabin here
on Mohegan territory and according to the stories that were told to
me, this was, Uncasís site where he lived and spent a
lot of his time.
was pretty well instilled with a lot of the history of the tribe, you
know, when I was a youngun and what it was to mean to me later on in
life and to make sure that I did never forget that, and I havenít.
I still get a good feeling about being out here and any other of
the sites that I visit, during my path in life and that hasnít
changed, itís still there.
pipe is known as Uncasís pipe. It was found in the vicinity of this
cabin and there were no other homes that we know of at the time in
that area so they are assuming that because of who was here this was
Uncasís pipe. I have been authorized by the tribe to carry this and
use it at very special occasions.
we believe, is the greatest gift that you could give someone. Okay?
And so with that, Iím going to make a presentation. This is a gift
to Uncas and Iíll just sprinkle around the area of his home.