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Fidelia Ann Hoscott Smith (Fielding)

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Birthplace: Uncasville, Montville, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: July 18, 1908 (80)
Uncasville, Montville, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bartholomew Tantaquidgeon Smith and Sarah A Wyyougs
Wife of William Francis Hoscott Fielding
Sister of Charles James Smith

Managed by: Robert Frederick Degnen
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About Fidelia Smith Fielding / Dji'ts Bud dnaca

Fidelia Smith Fielding / Dji'ts Bud dnaca / Flying Bird was a highly respected Mohegan nanu, best known as the last fluent speaker of the Mohegan language. She was committed to the revitalization of the language and to preserving traditional Mohegan ways.

Credited with being an instrumental influence in recording and preserving the language, she was posthumously inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1994. She is one of only three Native Americans who have been inducted.

Gladys Tantaquidgeon wrote:

"... Fidelia Fielding was the last speaker of our Mohegan-Pequot dialect…she and her grandmother Martha Uncas lived together and were said to have the Indian tongue used more than English…She lived about a mile east of our house. It was the last of the log houses on the reservation and she used to refer to it as a 'tribe house'…She was what we would think of a true full blood Indian type. She was a little over five feet tall and a little bit on the medium build. She had jet black hair, black eyes, high cheekbones, and used to wear a calico dress and in cool weather she wore capes. She didn’t participate in Green Corn Festival [Mohegan Wigwam Celebrations] and meetings of the women in their [Church Sewing] society meeting. She was very much a loner, very much to herself. ..."

Fidelia and William had no biological children, but they raised John Leach and Alonzo Cooper, who were sons of fellow Mohegan Amy Cooper.

Sources

  • "Fidelia Fielding." Wikipedia, revision of 9 February 2020. < link > Accessed 19 February 2020.
  • "Smith, Fidelia Ann Hoscott , 1827 - 1908." Native Northeast Research Collaborative, published 2019. < link > Accessed 21 October 2021.
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Fidelia Smith Fielding / Dji'ts Bud dnaca's Timeline

1827
September 15, 1827
Uncasville, Montville, New London County, Connecticut, United States
1908
July 18, 1908
Age 80
Uncasville, Montville, New London County, Connecticut, United States