Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005)
Anthropologist, Mohegan medicine woman (Inducted 1994)
Gladys Tantaquidgeon is credited with the preservation of the Mohegan tribal language and customs in Connecticut. Born in 1899, she was a descendant of the first Sachem Uncas and niece of Emma Fielding Baker and she co-founded the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum in 1931. It is the oldest Indian-owned and operated museum in the U.S., now run by the Mohegan Tribe in Fort Shantok, Mohegan Reservation. Emma Fielding Baker played an integral role in the preservation of the tribes’ historical records and oral traditions. Her involvement in the field of traditional herbal medicine resulted in her posthumous election as the Medicine Woman of the Mohegan Tribe in 1992. Her protégé and niece, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, was installed in that position at the same time. Tantaquidgeon Museum is located at 1819 Norwich-New London Turnpike in Uncasville.
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