Names and Naming

Stó:lō people receive their baby name just after they are born and receive their "grown-up" ancestral name when the elders and family deem that they are ready and mature enough to carry the responsibility. These names are passed on through the family and are connected with respected ancestors. A name connects a person to place, and, sometimes, a well-respected individual may have different names in different communities. People receive their names through ceremonies hosted by their families.

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