Fidelia Fielding

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Fidelia Fielding
Fidelia Fielding

Fidelia Hoscott Fielding (1827–1908), also known as Dji’ts Bud dnaca (Flying Bird), was the last native speaker of the Mohegan-Pequot language. Credited with being instrumental in teaching and preserving the language, she was posthumously inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Language work

She learned the language and spoke it with her maternal grandmother, Martha Uncas. Fielding kept four diaries, which have been vital to reconstructing Mohegan Pequot and related Algongquian languages. She was a mentor to Gladys Tantaquidgeon, who became an anthropologist and worked in language and cultural preservation.

As a youth, the future anthropologist Frank Speck lived with Fidelia Fielding. That experience started his interest in Native American languages and cultures, as he learned from Fielding.

Personal

Fidelia Hoscott married William Fielding. She was independent and was one of the last in her area to live in a traditional Mohegan wigwam.

Legacy and honors

Fielding is one of three American Indians who have been inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

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