ElderThen when we have our ceremonies, like the Indian names that we carry, Siaya:mchess. You know, no other person, outside my family line, can carry that name. You have to belong to that family line. And a few years ago, I used to say, "I'm the only one that carries that name." If we were in a home where there's 700 or 800 people and they call me "Siaya:mchess!", you know, I have to stand up, and among 800 people, I'm the only one that stands up. You know, today, my grandson carries my name, and I have a cousin, or a brother, in Washington State, his son carries that name, because we have the same grandfather and great-grandfather. And that's the way our society works, you know, and it shows the importance that you belong to somebody.

LinneaYeah. I thought it was very interesting when I learned, and my grandfather taught me this, is that, you know, we all shared everything. You know, we lived communally, you know, we shared our resources, except for only a couple of things, and I thought that was interesting. And you're saying about Siaya:mchess, you own that name.


LinneaThe same as I, I am very lucky to carry Ai:yametkwa. You know, that's my name. I can share it if I like, but I own that name. So I think that really tells you about the values of what we think is important, you know, that you share food, you share your home, or, you know, whatever resources there are, but you own something very intrinsic and powerful within you, it's your name, and your song.

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