by Wenona Gardner
The Mohican tribe
used to live in New York
along the Hudson River Valley.
I am descended from Chief John Konkapot
Captain in George Washington’s
Army during the Revolutionary War.
However, when Chief Konkapot returned
to his people along with the other Mohican men
who fought for the US we discovered that
all our land was taken.
The Mohican tribe was forced to move
to Stockbridge, Massachusetts where
they developed a mission and became
known as the praying Indians.
We brought with us the New Amsterdam bibles.
Then we lost that land and had to move to Oneida, NY.
Then we were forced out of there and onto our own
Trail of Tears westward to Wisconsin.
My tribe’s location today is outside Bowler, WI.