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While looking for information on our prayer rock Cauchegan.
Sachem Speaks on Cauchegan
You may notice right from the start that we, the first people in this our village pronounce the name different then our modern conquers (Cochegan)?
This can be easily answered, we name is after our Warrior Chief Cauchegan so name for his bravery in battles to protect our villages by our supreme leader Unkas (Uncas)!
This is our prayer rock (Cauchegan’s) from back to the time of my ancestor Sachem Uncas and long before first contact
as told to me many times by my elders now ancestors.
Sachem and his people (tribe) placed a table and some chairs ( made out of logs, branches and skins) on the top of this rock so,
while holding meetings they could also keep an eye out for any enemy.
From time to time you will see our prayer rock spelled the way the Europeans misspelled it as Cochegan Rock.
However, as was told at our meetings, as a reward for his services, Sachem Uncas gave this land to and set one of his
greatest warriors at the foot of this rock, the tribe helped him, the warrior and his family,
build his round house right into the base of the rock.
At their next meeting he, Sachem Uncas, named the rock after that warriors family (Cauchegan rock).
If you were to look closely at this photo we took back at a tribal meeting held by then Sachem Zeak, my father,
in the winter of 1986, photo # 6, you can still see the makings of our prayer alter.
At the foot the rock, running close to the opening of Warrior Cauchegan’s door was the river he and the tribe would fish in the warmer weather. Photo’s 1, 2, 3, and 4.