I remember my first Pow-Wow and how the music of the drums seemed to keep beat with my heart and soul. At first I felt embarrassed and was unsure whether I could perform the Native dances or would look foolish.┬áIt is certainly normal to not be confident, but it is not until you join the circle of dance that your best comes out. … Dont Just Sit There –Dance »»

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American Indian Names for Babies

Native American Baby Names

[Girl Native American Baby Names] [Boy Native American Baby Names]

Browse our listing of over 99 Native American baby names! For detailed meanings, famous namesakes, alternatives, and more, please click on one of the Native American baby names below.

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Abey female Native American  leaf 
Aiyana female Native American  eternal bllom 
Akando male Native American  ambush 
Alaqua Female Native American  A sweet Gum tree. 
Aleshanee female Native American  She plays all the time 
Amitola female Native American  rainbow 
Angeni female Native American  spirit angel 
Anoke Male Native American  The actor. 
Anoki male Native American  an actor 
Aponi female Native American  butterfly 
Aquene female Native American  peace 
Ayita female Native American  worker 
Benquasha female Native American  daughter of Ben 
Bly female Native American  high, tall 
Chenoa Female Native American  A white dove. 
Cherokee Male Native American  The name of a tribe. 
Cheyenne Male Native American  A tribe. Also a city in the USA. 
Chilali female Native American  snowbird 
Chimalis female Native American  bluebird 
Dakota Male Native American  A friend. 
Delsin male Native American  he is so 
Dyami Male Native American  An eagle. 
Dyani Female Native American  A deer. 
Elan Male Hebrew/ Native American  Hebrew: A tree. North American Indian: The friendly one. 
Elu male Native American  full of grace 
Enola female Native American  magnolia 
Etania female Native American  wealthy 
Eyota Female Native American  The greatest. 
Fala female Native American  crow 
Halona Female Native American  Fortunate. 
Helaku male Native American  sunny day 
Huyana female Native American  rain fallingHindu 
Istas female Native American  snow 
Jacy male Native American  the moon 
Kachine female Native American  sacred dancer 
Kaniya female Native American  Niya 
Kiona female Native American  brown hills 
Koko Female Japanese/ Native American  Japanese: A stork. North American Indian: Of the night. 
Kuruk Male Native American  A bear. 
Lakota male Native American  friend 
Lakota female Native American  friend 
Laquetta female Native American  Quetta, Etta 
Magena Female Native American  The coming moon. 
Mahala female Native American, Hebrew, Arabic  woman; tenderness; marrow 
Makya Male Native American  The eagle hunter. 
Meda female Native American  priestess 
Miakoda female Native American  power of the moon 
Minda female Native American  knowledge 
Mitena female Native American  coming moon, new moon 
Mitexi female Native American  sacred moon 
Motega male Native American  new arrow 
Namid Male Native American  A dancer. 
Natane Female Native American  Female child. 
Neka Female Native American  A wild goose. 
Nita Female Native American  A bean grower. Feminine form of Fabian. 
Nitika female Native American  angel of precious stone 
Nodin male Native American  wind 
Olathe Female Native American  Beautiful. 
Onawa Female Native American  One who is wide-awake. 
Onida Female Native American  The expected or awaited one. 
Paco Male Native American  Gold eagle. Also a Spanish nickname of Francis. 
Patamon male Native American  raging 
Pilan male Native American  supreme essence 
Sahale male Native American  above 
Sakari female Native American  sweet 
Sakima Male Native American  A king. 
Satinka female Native American  magic dancer 
Shako female Native American  mint 
Shaman male Native American  holy man 
Shawnnessy female Irish, Native American  Saughnessy, O'Shaughnessy, Seannesy 
Shysie female Native American  silent little one 
Taborri female Native American  voices that carry 
Tacincala female Native American  deer 
Taima female Native American  crash of thunder 
Tainn female Native American  new moon 
Takoda Male Native American  The friend of all. 
Tala female Native American  stalking wolf 
Tallulah Female Native American  Running water. 
Tamsyn female Native American  Tami 
Tarsha female Native American   
Tayen female Native American  new moon 
Tehya female Native American  precious 
Tyee male Native American  chief 
Utina Female Native American  A woman of my country. 
Waneta female Native American  charger 
Wapeka female Native American  skillful 
Wenona Female Native American  The firstborn daughter. 
Wenonah Female Native American  The firstborn daughter. 
Winema Female Native American  A female chief. 
Winona Female Native American  The firstborn daughter. 
Wyanet Female Native American  Beautiful. 
Wynona Female Native American  The firstborn daughter. 
Wyome male Native American  plain 
Yahto male Native American  blue 
Yancy Male Native American  The Englishman. The word later became `Yankee'. 
Yona Male Hebrew/Native American  Hebrew: A dove. Native American: A bear. A boy or girl's name. 
Yona Female Hebrew/Native American  Hebrew: A dove. Native American: A bear. A boy or girl's name. 
Yuma Male Native American  The son of a chief. 
Zaltana female Native American  high mountain 


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Apostle to the Native Americans

John Eliot felt a Christian call to work with the American Indians. He had a vision that they were calling him to help them by sharing the gospel with them. Through his interest in Indian language and customs, he began to preach to the Indians in the state of Massachusetts.  

The Massachusetts state logo contains a picture of an Indian. The logo initially contained an inscription stating, “Come Help Us” indicating the Indians was requesting help. This inscription was taken from a Holy Bible passage found in Acts 16:9. This inscription recorded the belief that the Natives of Massachusetts were in need of help and this help in John Eliot’s estimation was the help provided by knowledge of the Holy Bible. The inscription was later removed from the Massachusetts logo.  

John Eliot had other notable accomplishments. He started the well-known and academically stringent school, Roxbury Latin. Founded in 1645 it has educated many students through the willingness of John Eliot to envision and bring to reality a school.   

Several churches in Massachusetts are named after John Eliot. In other words these churches include the name Eliot in their church name. John Eliot and his work with the American Indians in Massachusetts to form the “Praying Indians” live on today.  

Article by Cherokee Cloud 

Article posted January 29, 2007

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Learning a New Language

The Native Language is not part of the American educational system. It is not even part of foreign language (or foreign to English speaking populations) selection. Instead Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Italian are offered in most foreign language studies. These offerings perpetuate the establishment of a non-native society.

There is power in language. The use of language to bond people in purpose is evident. Likewise, denial of Native Americans to learn and speak their native tongue weakens them and helps to destroy their community. The historical forceful mandate to only communicate in the European languages, specifically English, forced Native Americans to assimilate into the European culture, lifestyle, and community. It hindered the ability for Native Americans to keep their culture alive. It was indeed cultural genocide.

To encourage the revitalization of Native American languages determine your tribal affiliation and learn its language. Start with the basics, which are conversational words or phrases such as hello, good-bye, how are you?, and others basic words or greetings. This is a good start. Continue to build on this effort each day learning new words or phrases. Then begin to introduce your family and friends to the language. This renews the Native American language and brings you closer to reclaiming culture and heritage.

Article by CherokeeCloud -8/16/2006

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