Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel spent her childhood learning ancient stories and traditions from her Mohegan tribal elders. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MA in History from the University of Connecticut and her BSFS in History/Diplomacy from Georgetown University. Zobel grew up giving tours at Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum on the Mohegan Reservation, learning tribal tradition from her great aunt, Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon whose life she chronicled in the book Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon (Univ. of AZ Press, 2000).

Melissa has been employed by her tribe as a cultural leader for twenty-two years. She currently serves as the Medicine Woman of the Mohegan Tribal Nation of Connecticut and writes fiction and non-fiction about the extraordinary real world of the Native Americans of New England. She has three grown children—Rachel Beth Sayet, Madeline Fielding Sayet, and David Uncas Sayet. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Randall Zobel.

Books by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel at the Poisoned Pencil

  • Wabanaki Blues