An important part of connecting with Ojibwe heritage
Between the age of a few months and a year, a child is traditionally given their traditional “Ojibwe name”.
In finding an Ojibwe name, a respected elder is chosen to do the naming. The elder will sing and sometimes drum or shake a rattle while seeking a suitable name for the child. When successful the elder states the name, picks up the child, and passes him/her around to all adults present. Each person pronounces the new name while holding the child and wishing them good luck and a happy life.
The new name carries no special significance beyond that of being another name that dedicates them as part of the Anishinaabe nation, and they can use their name whenever they want.
In the past the naming ceremony was an opportunity for a feast, usually after a successful fall or spring hunt. Now, it is a way to reconnect to your indigenous roots and to pass on the traditions of our people.