'Mohegan history is Connecticut's history': Visiting the Tantaquidgeon Museum in Uncasville
The Mohegan Tribe has over 2,000 members and their museum, located on Mohegan Hill, is the oldest Native American museum in the United States.
The Tantaquidgeon Museum in Uncasville was founded in 1931 by medicine woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon and her brother Chief Harold Tantaquidgeon, along with their father John Tantaquidgeon. They established the museum to preserve Mohegan history and culture for future generations.
The antiquarian museum highlights unique artifacts, like the first leaders' collar signifying the separation between the Mohegan and the Pequot tribes.
There is also the Three Sisters Garden, which highlights traditional agriculture in the Three Sister Mounts.
Gladys Tantaquidgeon's regalia is also on display, including her medicine belt, which was made by Martha Uncas in the 1760s and has been handed down to every medicine woman in the tribe since.
Museum educators stress that Mohegan history is Connecticut's history, and they hope teachers will plan field trips.
There is no admission to the museum and all educational programming is free.