At the beginning of our time together at the North Vancouver Outdoor School, the elders gave each of us student-teachers a Salish name.
Naming someone welcomes them to a place, a time, and a community. It shows them that they will be supported on their journeys. I also had the sense of becoming an ally of the land of the organisms that live here.
Names hold power. We identify with them. We grow an affinity for them. We embody them. We carry them with us.
Please note: I unfortunately did not have my Salish spellings verified. I used a Salish dictionary as a guide. You can download the dictionary here: http://www.salishworld.com/Selish%20Dictionary_online.pdf