Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Native American 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.