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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Lakota Naming Ceremony on: May 10, 2007 12:42:59 PM
I'm pretty darn sure this is a new subject, but please let me know if I'm off!!

My son is 1/4 Lakota and this summer he will be getting his "real" name (as his full-blood grandfather calls it.)  His father and I will stand with him during the ceremony, but I'm not even clear on what that means!  The tradition in these things is to give gifts to the man doing the naming, the singers and dancers in the ceremony, and other important people at the ceremony.  This will be a great big shindig with a whole lot of people I've never met.  The name itself is a secret until the moment it is given, although I've been given the hint that it may have something to do with bears.  My son's paternal grandmother (I'll call her MIL) bought a buckskin for the Namer.  I've bought a buckskin for my father to give, so I know the Namer will get at least two buckskins for naming my son.  I would like to give something meaningful but much smaller than that.  My MIL has also created bundles of brightly colored bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths.  Very pretty.  I don't know who, specifically, these are for.  I've been told that $$ is perfectly acceptable, but I would like to give something I had a hand in creating, even if it's a temporary holder for the $$.  My FIL offered the suggestion of a Pendleton blanket, which would be beautiful, but HUGE to transport along with my father's buckskin and 4 people and all our luggage.  I was also thinking of making a throw or a pillow cover, but don't know that I would get it finished in time. 

SO, what I'm looking for is an idea for something relatively small (for ease of transport along with everything else) that would bee seen as meaningful and heartfelt, because I think it's awesome that I will be included in such an important tradition.

Oh, and the ceremony will be the second week of July, but I have other family in town all of June, so I have the rest of May and the beginning of July, since I don't expect to be spending much time crafting or looking at craftster in June.
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