The Sign of Uncas
Uncas and other Native American leaders signed colonial documents. In these two examples, they did not write their names using English letters. They signed with a drawing. Their marks expressed more than just their names.
Mohegan Tribal authority Melissa Tantaquidgeon explained Uncas's mark.
“His mark was a representation of not only himself but some of his very most important beliefs.
… You’ll notice that there’s a heart at the center with something piercing the heart. Very frequently, when Uncas signed documents where he gave away tribal land, you actually see a bloodletting from his heart as he gives away each parcel of tribal land.
You’ll also notice though that beneath that is a pipe and the pipe represents the fact that he has made a gesture of friendship and goodwill toward the non-Indian people.”
Source: “The Mark of Uncas,” by Kenneth A. Simon, Simonpure Productions, 2002. https://vimeo.com/286572887
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