Posted by Elaine/Mohican Press on March 11, 1998 at 21:31:40:
Awhile back, Guillermo from Mexico asked for the meaning of Uncas. His name is Mohegan/Pequot for 'fox'. Its literal translation is 'the circler'.
This Uncas, Mohegan sachem, was the son of the Pequot sachem Oweneco. His mother's name was Meekenump, a daughter of Woipeguand.
Uncas was married to the daughter of Sassacus, his chief rival in the succession conflict that led to the Pequot-Mohegan split.
Unlike our Cooperized Mohican Uncas, The Fox managed to live to an old age. A tremendous accomplishment considering the hostile, violent, politically charged environment of New England in the 17th century.
Would love to tell more, but it must be saved for a rainy musing day.
Mary, thanks! I learned Uncas' name while attending that lecture at the insane assylum; "Discovering your inner Mohican"...... it was very enlightening. I closed my eyes, chanted 'Uncas, Uncas, Uncas, Uncas' over and over, and spoke to my inner Mohican. It was then that I heard it, Mary. . . . . THE FOX! It was there all along.
By the way, was that you rocking in the corner near those Tony Perkins pin-ups? The shower pose was a real knock out.
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