Indian names

Presented, for your consideration: outsiders’ folk-linguistic perceptions of Indian names.  White folks love thinking about them.

They have weird phonology…

We have found that the easiest way to pronounce certain Indian names is to play them on a piccolo. — Judge
(Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 96, Number 57, 17 October 1898 — “The Method”)

Yes, they’re musical…

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(San Francisco Call, Volume 85, Number 145, 24 April 1899 — “Indian Names”)

They make good nicknames too…

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(Los Angeles Herald, Volume 33, Number 344, 9 September 1906 — “Hunting a nickname for it”)

As colorful as they are, they’re discreet compared to pioneer names…

Names in the Northwest

Quileute Indians are developing interesting new ones…

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(Los Angeles Herald, Volume 37, Number 289, 17 July 1910 — “An Indian newspaper”)

Their names, sentimentally speaking, are in our waters…

Their names are in our waters(The Sumpter [Oregon] Miner, May 15, 1901)

We’re still figuring out how to write them, but it can be done…

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