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Why Red Indian Names Are Long?
A little Red Indian boy asked his father, the big chief and witch
doctor of the tribe, "Papa, why is it that we always have long names,
while the white men have shorter names - Bill, Tex or Sam, for example?"
His father replied, "Look, son, our names represent a symbol, a sign,
or a poem for our culture --not like the white men,
who repeat their names from generation to generation. Also, it is part of
our makeup that in spite of everything, we survive.
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's your brother, Big White Horse of the Prairies, because he
was born on a day that the big white horse who gallops over the prairies
of the world appeared near our camp and is a symbol of our capacity to
live and the life force of our people.
It's very simple and easy to understand.