Gladys Tantaquidgeon

Gladys Tantaquidgeon

Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005)

Gladys Tantaquidgeon was a Mohegan Medicine Woman who dedicated her life to the preservation of Native American beliefs, customs, and traditions across the United States. Born in Uncasville in 1899, and a direct descendant of the famous 17th-century Mohegan Sachem, Uncas, Tantaquidgeon studied anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Shortly afterward she helped found the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum in Uncasville. Her national efforts led to a term working with the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs which resulted in revitalized promotions of Native American artwork and centuries-old customs previously banned by the federal government. She went on to play a vital role in the Mohegan Tribe being granted federal recognition in 1994.

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Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. “Gladys Tantaquidgeon,” 2012. Link.
The Mohegan Tribe. “Gladys Tantaquidgeon,” 2012. Link.


The Mohegan Tribe. “Tantaquidgeon Museum,” 2012. Link.


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Tantaquidgeon, Gladys, Gladys Tantaquidgeon, and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Folk Medicine of the Delaware and Related Algonkian Indians. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1972.
Zobel, Melissa Tantaquidgeon. Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2000.