Thursday, March 24, 2005

Comic Relief

I have no doubt that T will find her lost Sense of Humor. She has before and she will again. In the meantime, although not as funny as T's posts, I thought I'd try to provide a little amusement for our readers.

My Steve is doing some research on the Cheyenne Indians for no apparent reason (he often does that sort of thing), and has come across some pretty creative Indian names. When you keep in mind that these are descriptive names, they can be somewhat amusing.

  • John Stands in Timber
  • Man Afraid of His Horses
  • White Man Runs Him
  • Bad Face (or Ugly Face, aka Old Bart. His real name was Feathered Bear.)
  • Alights on the Cloud
  • Starving Elk
  • Curly (Crazy Horse's childhood name. No shit.)
  • Wooden Leg
  • Big Old Man
  • Yellow Nose
  • Old Bull Hump (Father of Bull Hump)
  • Big Prisoner
  • Little Mountain
  • Small Man
  • Two Dogs Fucking (Not really. Steve just made that one up.)
  • Long Chin
  • Whistling Elk (Not really funny, unless you try to picture an elk whistling.)
  • Mouse's Road (Now, how would one get that name?)
  • Stone Forehead
  • Walking Coyote
  • Pushing Ahead (Probably had ADHD.)
  • Tsis-tsis-tas (Cheyenne name for themselves, meaning similarly bred. Hmmm...)
  • Dark
  • Big Head
  • Ice
  • Wolf Coming Out
  • Dull Knife
  • Two Moons
  • Crow Split Nose (Ouch!)
  • Black Hairy Dog
  • Bear Walks on a Ridge
  • Charcoal Bear
  • Box Elder (He was a blind medicine man.)
  • Carries the Otter
  • Coyote Ear (Brother of She Bear.)
  • Touching Cloud (Probably a really tall Indian.)
  • Standing Water
  • One Eye

I'd like to think that my Cheyenne name would be something like Gentle Heart or Kind Soul, or even Bears Good Children, but it would probably end up being Cooks and Eats or She Who Waits Until Tomorrow. What would yours be?

Lu

8 Comments:

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Opaco said...

some of those are very funny.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Tommy said...

My name would be Man Carrying Tentpole (unfortunately not meaning size-wise).

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

"One Monkey Spanking"

That sounds about right.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Michael G said...

Fallen off horse again

or

One who need longer loin cloth.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Larry Jones said...

Two Dogs Fucking is the punchline of an old joke, in which an elder explains to a young boy that the tribe names babies according to the first thing the parents see when the child is born, and the kid is complaining about the system. To which the wise elder responds "Why is that, Two Dogs Fucking?"

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Rednaked said...

A similar old joke. Young boy asks the tribe elder how his name was chosen. The elder says "Names are often chosen by an event than occured at the time of your conception. What makes you ask, Broken Rubber?"

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger DB said...

I've got a cool Cherokee name from my great-grandmother -- "From Dark Water".

You know, the Scots have a name meaning exactly that -- Douglas.

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I used to work on a res and one of my co-workers' name was "Barney In The Woods". He had recently moved from his homeland somewhere in the Northeast which was in fact "in the woods". Unfortunately we were working "in the desert" which was hard for him to adjust to. Eventually he moved back home so he could be in the woods.

Jay

 

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