Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stands and Looks Back



Today's picture was taken in 1900 and shows an Indian by the name of Stands and Looks Back. I find Indian names intriguing, and wonder how they got their names. One would think he had this name for a reason, so I wonder at what age Indians were named, who named them, what they could do if they did not like their name, and what they were called as children before they were named.

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  1. Some info I found:

    An elder is often asked to name for a person (child or adult). The name is reveled to them in many ways, dreams/visions, personality/characteristics of the person, or the name of the persons past family member etc.

    In the past, names that were given to a baby, were not used too early, to address the child. Since the baby had just come from the spirit world, if their name was too well known they may be called back.

    So people had many names or nicknames, throughout their life. This still holds true in many places, people will have an English/governent name, a spirit/Native name, but are commonly known by their nicknames.
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    1. Where did crazygravy come from?

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    2. this chief his name is akikta najin im a direct descendant from him im waylon stands and looks back from rosebud south dakota he was also a yuwipi man but its very hard to find bio on him cause he was somewhat like crazy horse

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  2. From what I know based on my Native American Studies classes (of which my professor is actually an eastern woodlands native), the above is very true- often around the time the person reaches adulthood (based on whatever rights/standards that particular group had), they would be re-named by an elder.

    In Eastern Woodland clans this was/is normally a woman elder, and sometimes would be one related to the person. This elder will guide the person through whatever rights/ceremonies induced them to adulthood, and gave them their new adult name, though often this was not well-known, as it could be used against a person.Thus, as crazygravy states, they were often known by nicknames.

    The very wonderful thing about Native American cultures is that they are not linear/static (in our sense), but flow rather in an ongoing, circular way, ever growing and changing. Thus, as crazygravy states, their names can change throughout their life based on the experiences they have or their personal growth. At least, that is how I was led to understand it, though of course the specifics change from region to region and within tribal groups.

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  3. this is an interesting topic and I hope to learn more. I don't have any knowledge . . . so can't add to either of these comments. Hope others and and do!

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  4. This is not meant to be a facetious or derogatory comment and I hope it is not taken that way. The Indian named Stands and Looks Back seems to suffer an eye problem and could it be that someone who named him imagined that Stands and Looks Back was also looking behind himself when staring ahead?

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  5. I know you shouldn't judge a book by the cover but this man seeems a very smug gentleman.

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  6. hes my 4 greats grandfather and hes not cross eyed either hes was a spiritual human

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  7. His my great grandfather too. I have the eagle feather fan that he as in the picture above it was passed on to my brother his grand daughter Vera farmer/ stands and looks back is my grandma.

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