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