Dream Catcher/Teardrop

Teardrop

“This story was told to me as a small child, first by my Grandfather and then again later by my father.

” Long ago, when the Mohegan (Mohiingans) people all lived in the same village, the men spent most of their time away, either hunting or at war with the Tribes of the North.

The women ran the village. They tended their gardens and cared for all of the Tribes clothing.

This would often leave the Elders and the very young, whom they cared for, alone in the village for long periods of time.

The Trickster or evil one, knowing this, would come into the village at night and frighten the children, so that they couldn’t sleep.

The Mohiingans people knew that neither the Elders nor the children, could do anything about the Trickster on their own, so they contacted the Little People on their behalf.

(The Mohiingans people believed that the Little People were their protectors who lived in a sub-world between the spirit world and the Mohegan(Mohiingans) world.

The Mohiingans People would go to them with their prayer requests and the Little People would then take these requests to Kiehtan.)

The men of the village made offerings or gifts for the Little People of strong tobacco skin pouches, while the women made food baskets.

The children made their own special gifts. On a chosen night, the Mohegan (Mohiingans) People would take their gifts to the edge of the forest. Just before sunset, the (Mohiingans) Mohegan’s would offer prayers and songs to Kiehtan Creator, who would send the Little People to them.

They would then leave their gifts for Little People and go back to their village.

Every night for a week, the Mohiingans People would return to the edge of the forest to see if the Little People had taken their gifts.

One night, one of the Little People was waiting for them and all of the gifts were gone.

After the prayers and songs were finished, everyone sat down to discuss why the gifts had been left. Learning what the Trickster had been doing, the Little Person said that she would go back to her people and return later with their answer.

A few days later, the Little People asked for a meeting with the Mohiingans Tribal council.

The Little People told the Tribal council that they would need help from the Spider Woman.

So, they talked to the Spider Woman and she agreed to meet with the council.

After the Tribal council explained what the Trickster was doing to the Elders and the young, the Spider Woman took some grapevine some willow branches and spun them into a teardrop shaped web.

The teardrops represented the children’s tears.

She gave one teardrop to the head of each family and told them to put the teardrop over the child’s bed, as close to an opening as possible.

As the child dreamed, the Trickster tried to send forth bad dreams.

Now, the bad dreams would get stuck on the spider web, and the good dreams would pass on through and down to the child.

In the morning when the sun would come up, the heat from the sun would erase all of the bad dreams, making the teardrop clean again until the next night.

From that day on, the Mohegan (Mohiingans) children dreamed good dreams and the village was again at peace.

The Pequot/Mohegan/Mohiingans Dream Catcher.

By now everyone knows a story about the Native American Dream catchers?

So let’s get into how to make one?

As with everything else we talk about on this blogger this is only how they were made by my ancestors and why we make them a little different then the pretty store bought ones of today!

No one nowadays makes a Traditional Eastern Woodland New England dream catcher for sale, why? Because they are not the pretty ones that come from outside this country and sold as native!

A traditional dream catcher (Tear Drop) was not made from medal and/or plastic, we use a branch of a Willow tree or grape vine and sometimes both, tied together with Sinew.

However, if you did not read the story here goes again.

The Story of the Teardrop

http://www.sachem-uncas.com/teardrop.html

Mohiingans people.

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sachemuncas@centurylink.net

Wiashguagwumsuck rock

THE ROCK

It was once the divide of the Podunk tribal hunting lands west to the Connecticut River and the Mohegan hunting lands to the north and east. The Indians called the area “Saqumsketuck,” meaning a land or place of hard rock. An enormous sacred flat prayer rock was known as Wiashguagwumsuck. There once existed a thriving quarrying operation in the notch. For a time the area was known as Notch Hollow or Quarryville.

Welcome to the person from the city of North Windham Connecticut looking for information on the Wiashguagwumsuck rock in Bolton, CT at one of my older websites

Uncas and his Bolton friendship Uncas & Miantinomo – Uncasvillage

http://walkingfox.tripod.com/id2.html

This, as you can see is a tripod site no longer in use by my people however, it does still hold important information. My brother and sister Bolton Mohegan people still hold to the culture, ceremonies and beliefs of our first Sachem and if or when this, my last operation, does as the doctors expect, I am planning on a visit sometime this or next year to my old homestead and my family in Bolton .Why it was/is so easy for Matriarch tribes in New York/New England to believe in the same Supreme Being that the Christians believe in? Most of the people especially the Connecticut Native Americans believed in one Supreme Being, who was known in the different tribes as Kiehtan (Creator), Woonand (Father Sky) and Cantantowit (Great Spirit). They placed the dwelling of Kiehtan in the southwest because the wind from that quarter is the warmest that blows in Connecticut and usually brings fair weather. They also believed that the soul existed after death and that the spirits of the good would go to the house of Kiehtan. There they would be delivered from pain and sorrow and enjoy an afterlife similar to that which they had here, only in abundance and in perfection. They believed that when the wicked went to the door of Kiehtan he would tell them to go away and they were obliged to wander alone and lost forever. http://www.boltoncthistory.org/uncas.html

Where does the Mohegan Tribe live?

Today I wish to welcome one of my friends on WordPress, thank you for your visit to one of my postings about

Where does the Mohegan tribe live, a posting from January 12, 2013

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/where-do-mohegan-tribe-live/

I would also like to introduce you, my friends, to another posting if I may?

Fort Shantok State Park at Uncasvillage October 7, 2012

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/fort-shantok-state-park-at-uncasvillage/

I am now in complete shell shock to find that today the website to this old nuclear waste dump is still up for all to read?

http://coldwar-ct.com/United_Nuclear_Corp.html

Half of our people living in what is now called New London County have a casino on land they claim from their people however, technically in belonged to a tribe that they (the Mohiingans) took after annihilating that tribe.

The other half of our people now only claim a little piece of Brownfield Land, the rest was bartered (to trade goods or services without the exchange of money) for a casino. Remember this while you are losing your money?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownfield_land

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Example of Brownfield land at a disused gasworks site after excavation, with soil contamination from removed underground storage tanks.

However, remember that we are talking Nuclear waste land?

Mohiigan (Mohegan) came from the Bering strait bridge and Iceland

A vote is coming, look for it?
Yes, I have written about this subject a few times however, as time goes by this seems to get lost in all of the fog from new writers looking to change our past?
Our ancestors would not allow small changes in our culture like our word Squarw, beautiful one, changed to Squaw, pigs, by Europeans.
We, the true Traditionalist should not allow small changes like our real name and very large changes like Sachem, chief, Head Clan Mother, warrior for European words like president, counselor, committee, chairman? Let’s not forget, Adoption for blood quotes, Village to reservation (jail)!
The story of Sachem Uncas and the Mohegan people, the native name of  (Mohiingans) the sources for some of this information was handed down by my Grandfather and other Elders and some was from other sources like while writing that book report in high school.
All of these teachings by my Mohegan Elders, took place at our monthly meetings, while I was growing up in and around Uncasvillage, New England.
As computers, telephones or libraries did not exist in the time of Sachem Uncas, it would be nearly impossible to say that there is any source about him that is perfect.
That said, It is very disturbing to me and my family and for that matter all traditionalist, to read all of the so-called true stories about not only Sachem Uncas, but the Mohegan people as well, written by those who are neither Mohegan, most not even Native.
How can one be an expert without living the life?
Uncas the first Sachem of the Mohiingans (Mohegan) People was a descendant of Royal Pequot Blood, really also from the true name of (Mohiingans).
His mother was Mekunump and his father was Oweneco, they were both Pequot’s.
Uncas was born near what is today Norwichtown, the historical Pequot Village in Connecticut in 1588-1683/84.
Europeans like the Vikings came from the east over Iceland, Greenland, Canada and down into our tribe. Little is known about those visitors except they seem to have been friendly towards our people.
Most people believe that American Natives ( our people) chased their food source, mainly the Woolly Mammoth, through the Bering Straits Land Bridge and that our people then came across and down into what are now the Great Lakes and the Hudson River Valley.
One of these groups of people became farmers (called land diggers, my people), however, most of the tribes in that area were warring tribes which over time, forced this group of Monheag (Mohiingans) People East.
After some time and many forced movements, this group of Monheags ended up along the  Quinatucquet River, which later became known as the Connecticut River in what is now Connecticut and on to the Pequot (Thames) river area, just short of the ocean.
The many years of battles and losing their farms, taught this tribe how to fight, so that when the Mashantuckets, Missituks, Niantic’s came to fight and to destroy them and take their farms, as the Mohawks, Mohicans and others had so long ago, the Monheags were ready for them, waging war first on them, then the Dutch and then the French.
After this, the Dutch called them the Pequins (destroyers), later the French changed their name to Pequods and the English changed it to Pequot’s.
When the English showed up on the Quinatucquet and Pequot Rivers, Sachem Wopigwooit was the leader of the tribe.
After his passing, the next in line was Sassacus as leader, instead of Chief Poquiam (Unkas, Uncas). Sachem Sassacus was hoping that he would force the English back into the ocean so the people sided with him.
Sassacus like the Niantic’s and the Narragansett’s hated the English and was at war with them constantly.
War chief Poquiam (Unkas), Sassacus son in law, tried to reason with Sassacus and the people, but they would not listen to him.
So he (chief Poquiam) took all who wished to go with him, across the Pequot River, to the Cauchegan Village, gave them back their old name Mohiingans (Monheags) and became their Sachem. Once again with non natives, the English misspelled the name and we now have the name  Mohegan’s. All of those still proud of your ancestors, I vote to take back our original name once and for all?

If you are not descended from Sachem ( She-Chaim Unkas) Uncas, you are not a Mohegan?

If you travel around the internet, read some of the newest books about my people, watch television or try to follow someone’s genealogy, it ends up as everybody is related to the first leader of the Mohegan native people, Uncas, Mohegan Sachem.

Sachem Uncas, (son of Owaneco a Pequot), Sachem Owaneco (son of Uncas), Attawanhood (Joshua son of Uncas), John Uncas (son of Uncas), Sachem Cesar Uncas (son of Owaneco), Sachem Isaiah Uncas. Ben Uncas, Ben Uncas 2nd, Ben Uncas 3rd.

Question?

Whatever happened to the Pequot’s that followed Chief Poquiam (Unkas) away from Sachem Sassacus, settled on the west side of the Pequot river and followed Chief Poquiam (Unkas) their new Sachem now known as Uncas?

Remember that there was well over one hundred warriors and their women and children.

Once these people excepted Uncas as their leader, he became their Sachem, they became the old long gone original Mohiingan’ s and his people, the tribe that was forced from their old homeland along the great lakes.

As usual with non natives doing the recording, the name changed down through the years and we became known as the Mohegans.

Now we must back up a little further into our past and we will find that the Pequot’s were first called the Pequins ( Dutch name for destroyer), however, we know that they are really a farming peaceful tribe known as the Mohiingan people, forced to leave their home up and over to the west at the Great Lakes that through the years learned from their enemy how to fight for their lives.

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/mohawk-people-are-correct/

Someone needs to explain to these “Decedents” that it is not necessary to be of royal blood to be a Casino Indian?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/the-royal-bloodline-of-mohegans/

While we are on the subject, I would like to know who told our people that there were no more Mohegan Sachems after Sachem Ben Uncas the 3rd and what happened to the rest of the Royal blood line?

I know what happened, what I want is for those saying that there are no more to please explain?

A quick word about our New England people.

Patriarchy/Matriarch Society?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/sachemsagamossagamore/

The original people of this area were all of a Matriarch family, as in filtering, annihilation, assimilation and pollution set in now some are of the Patriarchy and no longer our people.

Uncas (Unkas) family

As I have stated many times before, enough money and you can change history.

Maybe not all of history, just twisted enough so that even you start to look legitimate?

Welcome to the visitor from City El Paso Texas looking for information about the Uncas (Unkas) family.

It gave me an opportunity to once again see the change in history?

For instance, remember that book report that I did back in the 50’s about my people?

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/the-royal-bloodline-of-mohegans/

It would seem now that every town hall and liberty that I visited while doing this high school book report throughout the New England area were mistaken in their knowledge of their history?

My elders misunderstood some of the teaching of their elders and were wrong in some of their teaching because, Unkas was never a Pequot? He and his father were always Mohiigan‘s and they tried several time to over throw the massively superior tribe of Pequot’s? It was the Mohiigan’s not the Pequot’s that destroyed every small tribe throughout Connecticut? It was not the English but the Narragansett‘s that helped Unkas overthrow the Pequot’s, I am guessing, because in another website, Unkas took 50 of his warriors to the English and made them help in the overthrow?

The big one is that the royal bloodline ceased to exist for some unknown reason back in the 19th century?

I had a few of those websites to show however, I decided not to stoop to that level because we all must stand before Creator and answer for our actions! However, if you are interested they are now all on the internet?

The Book People!

It would seem to me that some of my “Indian” WordPress friends do not understand about my feeling toward most ‘Reservation Indian’ and their treatment of non reservation American Natives, so allow me to try to explain?

I will start at the end, or very near it and write back to my beginning if you please.

Show of hands, how many of you know Leonard Peltier?

Many years ago my partner, after seeing Dances with Wolfs, changed her major in college and took a trip to Wounded Knee Pine Ridge, she had no idea why!

While walking the valley of death, she felt someone was looking at her, she was alone at the time, turning she saw up on the hill a person walking slowly towards her. When this person came face to face, she said “Thank you for coming, we have been praying day and night for you to come. Anyway after long conversations, many hugs and much information, my partner went home and as promised started a website. This is that site

http://www.tahtonka.com/

OK

How many of you know Barbara Peltier, Leonard’s sister?

This website has been evolving ever since and that person on the hill is Barbara Peltier!

I tell you this because only after meeting up with me did my partner know that she has our blood. she started writing on this website with what was told to her from the decadents of wounded Knee (Barbara, family and friends).

We both agreed to join the powwow trail, she, a lover of books, taught and sold Native American books and music. I taught and learned our ways and their ways. We did this for about 5 years. Now for the meat of this story, one day this young kid in his twenties (not naming the “tribe”) opened the door to her motor home, told us that she should not be at any powwow because she does not carry a card, walked over to the refrigerator opened the door and ordered her to make him a sandwich! While he was picking himself up off the ground and I was sure that he would not be walking back in EVER, I reported to the powwow head veteran as to what happened. Stories like this where going on all of the time at “Indian Reservations” because her skin is not the right color?

P.S. My partner is the only person, to get invited back time and time again to the Schmitzen powwow in Connecticut!

My partner refuses to join any reservation Indian tribe and this is her right!

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Now for my story

I wrote about our Paw paus and why we changes it to powwow, will the Euro Americans were not the only problem that we in the east were having with our gatherings. Two of the ‘so called reservation Indians around the plains area’ were coming around trying to change our gatherings into “the only real Indian powwows”! back in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

I have had them tell me that my family Pequot’s and Mohegan‘s are not real Indians?

Of course, we are not Indians we are Mohegan’s and Pequot’s!

I have not heard this since the two largest casinos in Indian country are the ones in Connecticut?

Because of this president we are stuck with our own casinos reservation Indians!

President Reagan and the Indians

http://www.nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/1262/president-reagan-and-the-indians

‘Where does the Mohegan tribe live’?

Welcome to a visitor from up in north country Quebec Canada

http://www.bonjourquebec.com/qc-en/quebec0.html

To one of my postings looking for ‘where Mohegan tribe live’?

Fort Shantok State Park at Uncasvillage

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/fort-shantok-state-park-at-uncasvillage/

Funny you should get to this of all the sites about our people?

Makes me want to go spend my money at an old nuclear waste dump!

I hope the you do realize that today my people live all around Connecticut and elsewhere, including your country?

This must include thousands of half breeds!

Can one have cake and eat it too?

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An answer to the question of the eradication of the Pequot tribe.

The land of Sachem Uncas in the 1600′s

https://sachemspeaks.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/the-land-of-sachem-uncas-in-the-1600s/

By another good friend of our WordPress postings.

First you era in your bible thinking, Christ (GOD) can never become extinct, assumed a Jewish body for the purpose of teaching and never a Christian body according to the bible?

Second you are correct with being both Sassacus and Uncas descendent!

Your matriarchal/Mohegan and patriarchal/Pequot ancestors are still intact generically.

Then you must know that in a time soon after first contact the Pequot tribe split into separate Moheganeak tribes?

My information comes from our elders and a lot of footwork while writing a homework paper about our people while in high school traveling to every library, museum and town hall around the area of our people.

Before we can go forward to an answer to your question we must go backwards and before we go backwards I have a must read book, it could, by the way, make a great movie.

Without Reservation: The Making of America’s Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods the World’s Largest Casino.

Jeff Benedict the Author and his family has lived in the area as long as my family. Mr. Benedict did his homework however, because so many Euro-American people made so many mistakes and would now lose a lot of money plus end up in many lawsuits, nothing will ever be done to correct their mistakes.

That said, as long as they ( Foxwoods) have a casino you are a member!

As long as there is a Mohegan reservation, you are a member!

If not for a death bed prayer (promise) guess who would be running them both?

Now to your statement, to correctly answer we must go back to the beginning of this confusion or at least back to the time when we were all one tribe.

While living in the area of the Great Lakes we were all Moheganeak’s.

The people living on the Moheganeak/Pequot/Mohegan land on that side of the river were placed there by our Mohegan ancestors in order to stop land grabbers from settling on the then vacant grounds, vacated after the last war with the English and neighboring tribes, to keep people from stealing the village land, so the last three women living were in fact your Moheganeak/Pequot/Mohegan ancestors?

I knew and visited them often before they became our ancestor.

My mother always called herself a Pequot, I think just to take my father down a few pegs each time he came back from a bar room brawl!

I long ago gave up on talks about our people with my mother, the old respect your elders thing!

In this case the Pequot blood line did not stop with those Pequot’s because the now Mohegan’s still carry the blood line?

The only point that I’m trying to get across to you is that you are related to those three sister, the Matriarch of that land. So you are a direct decedent to both reservation, unless you are a relation of Skip Hayward? Skips grandmother if with any blood was from a northern tribe, skip claims Narragansett!

In this case the Pequot blood line did not stop with those Pequot’s because the now Mohegan’s still carry the blood line?

All of this information should be on micro chips at the Hartford town hall if interested!

In 1619, A diseases carried by Europeans cause a massive epidemic, killing about 90% of the Native population along the coast of New England.

1633 An epidemic, caused by smallpox, reduces the Pequot population from about 8,000 to about 4,000

May 26, 1637, English, Mohegan and Narragansett’s surround the fortified Pequot village at Missituck (Mystic).

Within an hour, 400-700 men, women, and children are put to the sword or burned to death as the English torch the village.

The English and Mohegan’s, pursue Sassacus and the retreating Pequot’s down the New England coast until most are either killed or captured.

Sassacus and a few of his followers escape, but ultimately are executed by the Mohawks as a token of their friendship toward the English.

On May 26, 1637, Englishmen under Captain John Mason set fire to a fortified Pequot village near the Mystic River. They shot any people trying to escape the fire.

1638 The Treaty of Hartford dictates the terms of the English victory.

Then the history goes that gradually, with the help of sympathetic English leaders, the same people that hated the heather Satan worshipers, the Pequot’s (what Pequot’s) are able to reestablish their identity, but as separate tribes in separate communities:

the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot’s and the Paucatuck (Eastern) Pequot’s, the first Indian reservations in America, where did these new Pequot’s come from, their ancestors were all dead by disease, the English or neighboring enemy tribes.

Since the birth of the Indian Casinos there has been a rebirth of some 14,000 Moheganeak/Pequot/Mohegan’s.

Before the 1990’s there were never more than 26 members of the Mohegan clan, I know this because I had to sign off on each record. After the 1970’s there were no more people living on the now reservation!

After the Foxwoods casino where did all of those Indians come from?

Native-American or Indian?

http://whitehindu.blogspot.com/2010/06/native-american-or-indian.html

I like every name that helpful readers have posted to this website as a Reply.

Each has its place in history however, to end all of this confusion might I suggest one of my own?

What does one do if they happens to be a half breed?

I happen to be Pequot/Mohegan.

My mother Pequot, my father Mohegan.

In a Matriarch society one uses the mother to trace ancestors, my mother was the Matriarch, so I must be a Pequot?

On the other hand, my father and his father’s before him were the Chief Sachem of the people.

What do I do, disown my Royal side of the family?

See this is just another way of assimilation by our government and the many wannabe Indian people (natives) in this country.

Remembering why we were first stuck with the name and by whom, would be a way to start finding a way out of this name or names?

Christopher Columbus was, first heading the wrong way, he took the ships 180 degrees backwards to find India and he was a brutal murdering bully, he destroyed everyone and everything in his way to riches.

Why should the decedents of his wrath be stuck with a name from him that no one asked for?

We need to stay with our own names not a non native name?

I am Ohjieshan Walkingfox