Funny Native American Names?

The 1877 Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger contains some of the most famous names from the Lakota Plains wars. But as all activists know, there is nothing like making a fool of the authorities, and for some of the Lakota surrendering at Camp (later Fort) Robinson, they must have had a good time doing it. Among the 899 of Crazy Horses followers, there are a handful of names that might make you choke on your frybread.

The Nebraska Historical Society says that despite the false names, the list is extremely important. Doug Bissonette, Oglala, and Pine Ridge spokesman for the family of Crazy Horse, is working with the Nebraska Historical Society, the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota, and Fort Robinson State Park, to honor those who surrendered with a new Crazy Horse Surrender Memorial to be built at Fort Robinson.

RELATED: New Fort Robinson Memorial Will Honor Crazy Horse and His Band Brown, a retired investigative reporter and correspondent for the New York Times , Atlantic Monthly , and Washington Post , wrote on his site, Well never know for sure, but I’ll bet they were better known by names other than the ones they gave the gullible Americans!

How do you come up with a Native American name?

Native American naming traditions, vary greatly from tribe to tribe. Native American Names are basically drawn from nature. However, Native American Baby names could also be descriptive or chosen as nicknames e.g. little black eyes. Native American Names might also be based on the gender and birth position of the baby.

Though no photograph of Buffalo Hump exists, there is one of his son, who was said to look like him. It shows a strikingly handsome young man of perhaps twenty with shoulder-length hair; wise, calm eyes; epicene features; and the thousand-yard stare that Indians always assumed for the camera. Buffalo Hump had one of those Comanche namesthere were a large number of themthat the prudish whites could not quite bring themselves to translate. His Nermernuh name, properly transliterated, was Po-cha-na-quar-hip, which meant erection that wont go down.