Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Native American Names

Remember I said I was going to incorporate more Native American lore into my blog?  Well, today is the first installment.  Native Americans have such special names.  Ever wonder how they come about these names?

A little Native American boy asked his father, the big chief of  the tribe, "Father, why is it that we always have long names, while the white men have short names like Bill, Tex, and Sam?"

His father replied, "My son, our names represent a symbol, a sign, or a poem in our culture; not like the white men who live all together and merely repeat their names from generation to generation.  For example, your sister's name is Small Romantic Moon Over the Lake because on the night she was born, there was a beautiful moon reflected in the lake.  Then, there is your brother, White Horse of the Prairies, because he was born on a day that a big white horse who gallops over the prairies appeared near our camp and is a symbol of our capacity to live and the life force of our people.  It's really very simple and easy to understand.

Do you have any other questions for me, Little Broken Condom Made in China?"

What can I say?  I am feeling a little silly today.  After today I am off until Monday.  I really do admire the Native Americans, and soon after the holidays, I plan to introduce my fellow bloggers to one of my great, great aunts.   Hope this little joke wasn't offensive to anyone.  Know that I don't mean to do that.


  1. Looking forward to hearing about your GG aunt! Enjoy your time off!

  2. how funny... I have a dear friend who is native american... her kids gave me the name Janie 2 beers... as they never fret when their mom went out with me as they knew I would have 2 beers then stop as I would be driving.... Although it is silly.... I am quite proud of it....

  3. Too funny!

    My friend named our mutual friend "Running Quail" because she's as big as a minute, and always bustling about, and has a little patch of hair that sticks up in the front!

  4. Oh I loved it Mary! Too funny!
    I look forward to hearing about your great great-aunt.

  5. Oh you are so funny!!!!

    I was going to start with my usual comment, on a great *groooooner* joke like that... With; "Oh you are sooooooo badddddddddddddd!" But I certainly didn't want you to spook, that I meant it. -giggles- That kind of 'badddddd' is 'gooood,' of course. :-)

    So I look forward to your real Native American lore. :-)

    And yes, I'll keep grabbing pics to put on my blog, after Christmas season is over. In fact, [shushhhhhhhh, don't tell!] I'm actually getting tired of the Christmas themed pics.

    Which points to a greater issue of mine. It points to my wanting to plan ahead, for a new look for my blog, and new pics. Fine, but... It sounds like I'm living in the future, instead of living in the NOW. And the NOW is what we're supposed to be living in.

    Oh goood grief! Even on Ch. Eve I can think up a self-issue! -giggggggles-

    Off I go!