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PostSubject: What is in a Name   Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:53 pm

I don't know much about this, I figure I'm asking then.

Why are Native American names always things (red bird, sitting bear, white cloud)? European names are often characteristics (Andrew means ' manly', Thomas 'the twin', Charles 'warlike'). That says a lot about how people see themselves reflected in the world, it looks like Europeans want the world (which is represented in each person) have human characteristics, while Native Americans want each person (who is part of the world) to reflect that basic union. Is that kind of the reasoning behind Native American names?
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PostSubject: Re: What is in a Name   Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:52 pm

because we are of earth mother in the physical world native peoples would call there brothers and sisters by the things that would appear most previlant around the naming of an individual and often times the shaman of the tribe would be the one to name them...having the gift of second sight and being able to recognize the signs in there spirit...
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PostSubject: Re: What is in a Name   Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:00 pm

Tautog,
It's true, names reveal much about an individual and the people from which that person comes. I found a great website of Native American names, and its surprising the wide range of names and meanings. Here are a just a few, translated into English from the various native tongues:

Metalworker, One Who Cries, Laughing Boy, Talks While Walking, Has No Shame, He Has An Evil Heart, Soaring Turkey Vulture, Flute Girl, Wears A Red Shirt, Handles Rattlesnakes.

Anyway, check it out:
http://lowchensaustralia.com/names/nativeam.htm

As you noted, a vast number come from nature. Cool observation!
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