Fidelia Hoscott Fielding is considered the last speaker and
preserver of the Mohegan Pequot language. She and her
grandmother, Martha Uncas, conversed in their native dialect.
Four diaries she left are now preserved and used in the
reconstruction of the Mohegan and other related Indian
languages. Fidelia called herself Dji'ts Bud dnaca, meaning
"Flying Bird." Following Fidelia's marriage to William Fielding,
she continued to live in the traditional Mohegan lifestyle. She
remained something of a loner, and did not participate in the
Green Corn Festivals or Church Ladies Sewing Society meetings.
Fidelia was the last to live in the traditional style log dwelling.
Fielding passed on many Mohegan traditions to Gladys
Tantaquidgeon. From her, Gladys learned the stories of the
Makiawisug, or Little People. She also gave Gladys a belt once
belonging to Martha Uncas.
Martha Uncas' Belt
Fidelia gave her belt to Gladys with direction on responsibility regarding the Little People.
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