*NOTE: When discussing Native American people and their names/naming ceremonies, teachers are sometimes interested in having students create their own Native American names. This trivializes Native American history and culture and also lacks the understanding and recognition that there are over 500 federally recognized Native American tribes/nations in the U.S., each with distinct cultural traditions, languages and naming practices within them. Unfortunately, in the book, the author does not specify the nation/tribe to which the family identifies so it lacks that specificity and may convey the message that all tribes have the same naming traditions and ceremonies. To learn more, read Debbie Reese’s Towards a Common Understanding of Native Peoples in the U.S. (or, Why Alexie’s THUNDER BOY JR.
Needs a Note to Readers) here: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2016/05/towards-common-understanding-of-native.html.
Note taken from Anti-Defamation League’s Book of the Month 3 / November 2016 / © Anti-Defamation League
Full Document here: http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/book-of-the-month-thunder-boy-jr.pdf