The Mohegan Tribe

HERITAGE

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 includes the creation of instructional videos, tapes and books.

Mohegan Language Project
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Fidelia Fielding, last fluent speaker of the Mohegan language