The Naming Ceremony
The Naming Ceremony remembers the Original Man's sacrifice for naming everything. It requires a father and mother to ask a medicine person to seek a name for their child. The medicine person does the seek by fasting, meditation, prayer, or dreaming and the spirit gives the name. The medicine person burns an offering of tobacco and pronounces the name to the 4 directions. The people at the ceremony repeat the name when it is called out by the medicine person. After the name is announced the spirit world can then accept the name and recognize the child as a living thing for the first time. The Spirit World and ancestors guard the child and prepare a place in the spirit world for them when the end of their life comes. At the naming ceremony the parents ask for four men and four women to sponsor the child. The sponsors vow to guide and support the child.