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Has our failure to maintain names drawn from nature broken our bond with the environment resulting in its unsustainable exploitation?Recent name studies indicate that names from nature are making a comeback in the United Kingdom with names like Olivia, Ruby, and Lily.The Native American naming tradition inspires the individual to continue to change throughout life. In industrialized countries, names based on nature gradually fell out of favor.

Native American tribal names represent a much larger concept than most family names in Europe and America.

Clan names still carry this broader concept of the human family although these names are still much more specific than what Konstantine describes-i.e., tribal names that represent "us".

Of all of the essays I received, the Native Americans had the most complex naming tradition, which can help the rest of us enrich our own sense of identity. Nicknames provide insight not only into the individual but also into how other people think of her–they are a double prism rather than a one-way mirror. As Jennifer noted, "It is interesting when I think about it. I can tell who/where many of my friendships stem from by what name they call me." Unlike the Native Americans, most of us don't continue collecting new names once we become adults.

Brooke (Wompsi'kuk Skeesucks) a Mohegan, notes that in the Native American naming tradition, names should change. Many of the essayists describe growing into their given name.

Broken treaties and forced relocations displaced American Indians from the land of their ancestors, where they had been living for generations, to reservations.

These reservation lands offered a fraction of the size and natural resources of what was taken.

Tribes were split, combined with traditional enemies and/or forced to reservations far from home and sacred spaces.

Laws like 1887 Dawes Act reinforced the dependency of reservation system with land reallocation that set forth to destroy the tribe as a social unit.

When you trace the Mississippi, or any other river at its source, it can be very small. When it meets the ocean, it spreads out." In other words, names should change as the individual changes.

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