The Mohegan Tribe

HERITAGE

NAGPRA - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Since federal recognition in May 1994, the Tribe has been making a serious effort to reclaim artifacts of our ancestors. This effort was helped by the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in 1990. This requires all museums and institutions who receive federal funds to compile lists of Native American items in their possession and notify the tribes of what they have.

One of the most significant artifacts ever returned to the Tribe through NAGPRA is the Uncas bowl. This wooden succotash bowl has two wolfhead handles and is believed to have belonged to Sachem Uncas. A man who had worked on excavation of a local highway, which unearthed Mohegan graves in 1957, returned a plated metal 17th century spoon and polished granite pestle for grinding corn.

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Uncas Bowl
The Uncas Bowl is a significant artifact, returned to the Tribe through the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
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