Mohegan Pipe Carrier The title of Pipe Carrier is a long-honored Mohegan tradition
The Pipe Carrier is a Tribal member that is willing and able to carry and honor the pipe, and conduct pipe ceremonies in accordance with traditions established by previous Mohegan Pipe Carriers. Such ceremonies and milestone events include weddings, funerals, and Tribal blessings.
Bruce Bozsum “Two Dogs”, Pipe Carrier and Council of Elder
Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum is an appointed ceremonial Pipe Carrier for the Mohegan Tribe, a position he was appointed to in 2001. The title of Pipe Carrier is a long-honored Mohegan tradition, and Bruce was given the title following his work as a manager of the Tribe’s Cultural and Community Programs department in the early 2000s. The Pipe Carrier takes part in important ceremonies and milestone events for the Tribe, such as weddings, funerals, and Tribal blessings. Bruce is a self-taught indigenous flutist, and has contributed his musical talents to many Tribal events.
His Tribal roots extend back to the Mohegan leader Mary Tracy Fielding Story, and he is also the grandson of the late Joseph D. Gray, Sr. His uncle Joseph D. Gray, Jr. served as Chairman of the Mohegan Council of Elders and was also a member of the Mohegan Veterans Association.
Christopher Harris “Painted Turtle,” Pipe Carrier and Council of Elder
In addition to his service to the Mohegan Council of Elders, Chris Harris “Painted Turtle,” has been a ceremonial Pipe Carrier for the Mohegan Tribe since 2010, where he carries and honors the pipe in traditional ceremonial events for the Tribe.