FrankIn our culture, in the Fraser Valley, we have winter dances-


Frank-and a lot of times, when people are initiated, or they become a spiritual dancer, part of the things that they put on is new names, you know, the names. If you don't have a name, you should have a name. It's a misunderstanding but, you know, I don't like to name new dancers right away, because how are they, we don't know how they're going to carry that name.


FrankYou know, in a lot of families, they say, "No, don't name him right now, you wait," you know. How is he going to carry that name? Because it is a big responsibility, and we always teach them, when they come to the longhouse and receive a name, we always tell them, "You know that name you're carrying belongs to cousins too. If you don't carry it in the right way, we can take it off you, and put in on your cousins, because they deserve that name just as much as you do. But you're not carrying it right, so it goes from there to there."

And it's never ever happened, because people respect names that they're given, and they really carry them well. And sometimes, you have to remind them, "You're not carrying that name right, smarten up or your family is going to come and visit you!" you know, and they smarten up.

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