Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon

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Despite James Fenimore Cooper’s "The Last of the Mohicans," the Mohegan people are alive and well. This is the story of one of their century-old elders.

 

 

Despite James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans—which concludes with the young Mohegan sachem Uncas jumping off a precipice to his death, leaving no offspring—the Mohegan people are alive and well, the 13th generation of the descendants of the real Uncas, who was born in the late 1500s and lived well into his 80s.

 

Gladys Iola Tantaquidgeon, beloved elder, traditional healer and ninth-generation granddaughter of Uncas, was 100 years old when her grand-niece, Melissa Jane Fawcett Tantaquidgeon Zobel, helped her put together her story. Gathered from Fawcett’s taped recordings, written notes, and recollections of conversations with Gladys, Medicine Trail is autobiography, history and traditional knowledge, and as such, it’s an amazing book about an amazing woman’s life. But most importantly, Medicine Trail is about a people’s cultural survival, continuity, commitment and renewal.

 

 

Author: Melissa Jayne Fawcett (Mohegan)

Illustrations: Black and white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2000

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Mohegan