Native American Names

Why do Native Americans put an emphasis on their names?

Sources: Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/whats-in-name/201107/names-and-identity-the-native-american-naming-tradition , http://www.indians.org/articles/native-american-culture.html,http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-sitting-bull
The Native American people believe that a Great Spirit created the earth, which is where their appreciation of nature came from. They also believe that animals and different parts of nature are especially important. This is why names represent animals who have similar traits as an individual. For example, a famous chief, Sitting Bull, was given his name for being quiet and powerful. Before he was Sitting Bull, he was Jumping Badger. His name changed as he grew older and matured. Similarly, in Thunderboy Jr. his name also changed to Lightning as he grew older, just like some of us are named after our relatives. Although we may have different meanings behind our names, we are all special and should celebrate our differences.
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