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Yellow Bird: Some reservation nicknames a secret


"In reservation communities, there are some strange, funny and not-so-cute names.

A friend from Turtle Mountain told me about these: Her father's nickname is "Spoiled Egg" and yes, he answers to it. His wife is called "Auntie Egg." In Belcourt, N.D., there are a lot of French-derivative names such as "Cha Boy." A former judge is called "Tonto" and another, "Fat Man."

One of my nephews always has been "Boysie" Yellow Bird to me. The name was given to him because he had exceptionally good eyesight. His uncles would take him along on hunting trips because he could see the dark of rabbit eyes in winter-white snow banks. He didn't need binoculars to point out deer from great distances.

Then there are people such as my sister, Gail, who never would speak to me again if I gave out her childhood nickname - and I can't, because she also knows mine and she is one of the very few who do.

Thanks heavens my nickname (which shall remain secret, and this means you, Gail) got dropped when I started elementary school."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Nicknames come, don't always go (The Grand Forks Herald 11/1)

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