Naming ceremonies
First Nations have different rituals for naming ceremonies. A common aspect is the significance of the name itself. Different from the birth name, which normally identifies a person for legal purposes, the name given to a child or adult in the naming ceremony is a traditional one that has particular significance to the individual, reflecting his or her personality or perhaps a particularly noteworthy deed. The name is usually bestowed by others who recognize some particular aspect of the person's life, character or personality that should be marked by a significant name. A name may be changed several times in a lifetime.
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