"Chief" Two Moon Meridas
(ca. 1888–1933) was an American
seller of herbal medicine
who claimed that he was of Sioux
Meridas was born Chico Colon Meridan
, son of Chico Meridan and Mary Tumoon; his exact place and date of birth are unclear. Later, his marriage certificate recorded his date of birth as August 29, 1888, but this information in unconfirmed.
By 1914 Meridas was selling herbal medicines in the streets of Philadelphia
and New York
. In New York he met Helen Gertrude Nugent and later married her. Shortly afterwards they moved to Waterbury, Connecticut
. Meridas began to sell his herbal medicines from his house. Contemporary newspaper accounts stated that during the 1918 influenza
epidemic, none of his patients died. This increased his prestige and clientele. His most famous product was "Bitter Oil", a laxative
that was widely marketed as a cure-all
In 1921 Meridas moved to a larger house and established an extensive and prosperous herb business in . He built in 1925. His business increased to such an extent that he had a fleet of buses for his salesmen and an airplane. He took money only for his products, not his advice. He spent lavishly but also surreptitiously donated to charities and to the poor.
In 1928 the Atlantic City
gave him the keys to the city
when he founded his Indian Temple there.
Meridas claimed that he was a Pueblo Indian. However, the United States Department of Interior
refused to certify that he was an American Indian,... Read More