How did Indians decide on the names they gave people, seasons, places and events?
How was this
“naming process similar to earlier people in your culture?
For example, many names of places and
even your names relate to something in the environment.
Name the landscape on page 93 (you can
trace the diagram and then supply the names).
What is the meaning of your name? How did your
parents choose your name?
The Indians people inherit the name from the previous generation. For example, the
protagonist in the story “Black Elk” was the fourth generation bearing the name
“Black Elk.” On the other hand, the Indians name the seasons and places by natural
events occurring around them and the specific qualities respectively. For example,
they call August as “The Moon When the Cherries Turn Black.” because cherries
turned black due to its maturity at this time. “Tongue River”, “Powder River” and
other rivers mentioned in the story reveal the condition or shape of the rivers. For
example, the name “Tongue River” shows that the river probably looks like a tongue,
and the name “Powder River” shows that the river likely has considerable precipitate.
Further, the Indians named the events by the effects or outline of the event itself. For
example, the war “Battle of the Hundred Slain” reflected that hundred fettermen were
slain in the battle. This name shows the negative effect, hundred people were killed,
from this battle. The war “The Attacking of the Wagons” simply brings the
description about what happened in this event.
The naming process adopted by the Indians was similar to that used by my
country in the past. For example, the name Hong Kong, my hometown, has the
meaning “A harbor with fresh and sweat water”, and why Hong Kong possessed this
name was that the natives living in Hong Kong in the past found a river with fresh and
sweat water in one of the village in Hong Kong. Further, Long March, one of the
famous war between Nationalist Party and Communist Party in China, was named by
such name because the war caused the Communist Party to fail and escape from its
enemy’s pursuit by walking a extremely long distance about twelve thousands and
five hundreds kilometers.
The name is Hok Lam Chong and in Chinese, means intelligence. Hok means
“studying”, and “Lam” means woods. Therefore, the first name, the combination of
these two components, means a tremendous knowledge likes the numbers of trees in
the woods. Last, Chong simply acts as my last name without specific meaning here.