The Mohegan Language Restoration Project
Fidelia Fielding, the last fluent speaker of the Mohegan tongue died in the early
twentieth century. At that time, many parents had stopped
teaching the language to their children, for fear of retribution by
teachers in local schools. An extensive project is now underway
to restore the language and begin teaching it to all interested
Tribal members. The project pieces together the fragments found in the written documents owned by Tribal members. These fragments were recorded by Fidelia Fielding and anthropologist Frank Speck almost a century ago.
In addition, the Mohegan Tribe is working with
other neighboring tribes who have similar dialects. The project
incudes the creation of instructional videos, tapes and books.
Mohegan Language Project
Fidelia Fielding, last fluent speaker of the Mohegan language