Pipe Carrier

Bruce regaliaBruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, Pipe Carrier

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.   

Chris Harris Pipe CarrierChristopher 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.

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