Improved Order of the Red Men

Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

The metal marker found in the Ancient Cemetery at Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, marks the grave of a member of the Improved Order of Red Men (I.O.R.M.), which claims its beginnings with the patriots who were in the Sons of Liberty during the American Revolution.

This particular marker is for a member of the IYANOUGH TRIBE 147 at Hyannis, Massachusetts.  The different clubs or chapters are divided into what the organization called “tribes”.

The society models itself after the Iroquois Confederacy councils.  In fact, some of the markers display images of Native Americans because the society based their organization on the rites and rituals of the Native Americans.  This marker displays a native American in profile, presumably an Iroquois, on the shield on which the eagle is perched.

Written on the shield on the breast of the eagle are the initials T.O.T.E which stands for Totem of Eagles.  According to their Website, the IORM “promotes patriotism and the American Way of Life, provides social activities for the members, and supports various charitable programs.”

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