[Sca-cooks] OT: Names (was Packing from the Nimatnama)

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Fri May 18 09:57:43 PDT 2007

Olwen the Odd wrote:
>> Robin Carroll-Mann wrote:
>> >
>> > To modern sensibilities, it might seem like abandoning part of 
>> one's heritage, but I have heard that the name was entirely different 
>> in the Old Country -- something about avoiding the Tsar's draft.
>> >
>> That's as it may be but since inherited surnames were frequently imposed
>> by governments, it's not necessarily a big deal.  This is not just an
>> "historical" phenomenon by the say;  in Mongolia, they made everyone get
>> inherited surnames in this generation.
>> Selene
> Same thing, sort of, when they finally put the Indians on 
> reservations, they decided to do a census and gave all the Indians a 
> "white" name which still holds true.  You can see some doozies when 
> you put a white name in front of the traditional family Indian name.  
> The government also made the Indians stop changing names as the old 
> customs did.
> Olwen 
True true.  The Man always did have a problem with indigenous or 
traveling people who were not under their close control.  True story:  
my father was adopted by the Dakota tribe and now he calls himself a 
Sioux Jioux.  /rimshot


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