Giving a child an Indian name is an important part of Cheyenne culture. Traditionally, a child is named for a relative. Sometimes other names are given to individuals later in life, such as when someone returns home from military service. A few non-Cheyennes are given names by Cheyennes. If you are not a Cheyenne but wish to take a Cheyenne name for yourself or someone else in your family, be aware that this is not done according to poper Cheyenne tradition. Read Eugene Little Coyote's article, Cheyenne Naming. If you wish to use a Native American name for a pet (or non-Indian child), read some warnings.
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