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What's My Indian Name
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His name is Richie
He might be Gus
She might be Susie
Tell me what's the fuss?


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What's my Indian name?
What's my Indian name?
You don't know where I come from
Or what's my Indian name


You think they're pretty
You think they're keen
If you could have one
Would it be obscene?

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Yes, they mean something
But don't say it out loud
No, no don't ask me
No, no, you can't know my Indian name


Her name is Ruthie
And there goes Gram
That's Mary Sue there
Hey Janet and Pam!


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There goes Nicholas
Her name is Gay
There's Mara and Gary
Hey Kevin & Ray!


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Lead Guitar: Jeff Ruiz
Written by Arigon Starr 
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP) 
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

						

ABOUT WHAT'S MY INDIAN NAME?

I had an interesting discussion with some Indian ladies at a conference. One of the gal's all time pet peeve question was "I understand that's what you're called now, but what is your INDIAN name?" It's as if her given name wasn't "Indian" enough. The laundry List of names are all friends and relatives of mine. It's not every day you get to call out your pals in a song!


Who's Who....FYI -- the above collage features photos of everyone listed in the song except Mary Sue Gulzow, musicians Kevin & Ray and the mysterious "Gus." AAAY! Photo 1: Richie Plass. Photo 2: Gay Wahpecome. Photo 3. Gene Alford, Jr., Susie Alford, Olelah Morris, Gay Wahpecome, Ruth Wahpecome. Photo 4: Gary Bennett. Photo 5: Mara Peters. Photo 6: Nicholas Peters. Photo 7: Gram Parsons. Photo 8: Pam Holmberg, Arigon Starr, Janet Holmberg

 Stereotypes book READ MORE ABOUT IT...AAAAY!

AMERICAN INDIANS: STEREOTYPES AND REALITIES by Devon A. Mihesuah

Devon Mihesuah is a great writer and incredible scholar. Her book aims to set the record straight on Native people. She really had her finger on the Indian pulse in this tome. There is actually chapters in this book entitled "Indians are confined to reservations, live in tipis, wear braids and ride horses; Indians get a free ride from the government; AND All Indians have an 'indian' name." Dang, that is just classic. We think this book should be required reading in U.S. History classes across the universe. It sure would help with those awkward moments when folks insist that "Indians LIKE having their picture taken!"


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