What Tribal Tradition or Ceremony is Your Favorite, and Why?

What Tribal Tradition or Ceremony is Your Favorite, and Why?

ICTMN Staff
12/2/11

For me the Naming Ceremony is special because it is done for many reasons. First, the family giving a name will select the name from their own family roster of names belonging to a revered member who has passed or a new name to be selected by the patriarch of the family. The name is usually prepared in advance and given in ceremony so that everyone from that day on will know and call him or her by that name.

The ceremony is held when a young person has achieved a goal or reached a milestone in his or her young life—completing an armed forces boot camp, for example, or gaining admission to a college. A medicine person or tribal leader, someone held in high esteem by the family, is asked to do the honor. It's done at an event, usually a pow-wow (the organizing committee is asked in advance to allow the ceremony). The individual being honored is counseled by the giver of the name as to what the name means, why it was chosen, from whom it came if there was a previous holder, and most importantly the responsibilities the recipient will bear from that day onward. The giver then prays to the four directions, holding an eagle feather and gesturing also to the ground for Mother Earth, and to the heavens for Father Sky. After the prayer, the person would then be called by the name selected and the giver would announce to all, that from that day forward, that person would be known as to that name. An eagle feather would then be placed in their hair, and an Honor Song is sung in their honor. They are then accompanied and introduced to those present by dancing once around the ceremonial circle of the pow-wow.

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Submitted by reneelaughingwater on
there are many here in the south that wishes a nameing cermony and adoption but there just doent seem to be any one to do this, why? who do we ask? where do u find such person. when u ask ofr amny cermony here they look at u as if u lost yr mind, or they just ignore u. we dont under stand, yes there a huge mix breed here not many full bloods unless u go to the rez then there mix blood there also. so plz can u help us? also it hard to get any help if u are nt full blood with a card. the rules have changed about getting a card yes i am ttrying i dont want the money, i dont want the land, i want my family name, right to carry my feathers with out fear of these white men here who raide powows take takes them from us this s not right either i am fighting for our rights. again if there any help?

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reneelaughingwater
Submitted by reneelaughingwater on
a nameing ceramony is so special, to yr families to the person being named, just as a adoption. it a beautyfull ceramony i pray that it never goes away i just wish there moe of them, some one to do them in the south.
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