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Whats in a Name What exactly is in a name Youre name is who you are it distinguishes John Smith from Joe Blow There is much weight that is vested into a name in the Native American culture a child is given a name that fits his character In our society the title of Doctor connotates respect and that he is a well-educated individual In This Earth of Mankind a name not only separates individuals by identifying who one is it also defines him as a person A name with a generally negative connotation is not always bad Minke whose real name is never revealed to us finds out that his name given to him by one of his earlier teachers was meant to insult him Even after he discovers what Minke means he decides to keep the name and use it as a form of empowerment Nyai Ontosoroh is another prime example She was forced into what she is only a Nyai and turned herself into an extraordinary Nyai Despite the fact she runs a major business by herself and does not rely on anyone to help her she refuses to be referred to as anything else other than Nyai Im not used to being called maam and indeed I am not a Mrs Its not an appropriate way to refer to me not my right Call me Nyaibecause that is what I am Toer 228 She is happy to be called Nyai so little is expected of her as a Nyai yet she has accomplished so much it pleases her to prove others wrong that she is more than just another piece of property Mama has not only embraced her name but also uses it as a form of empowerment A name can have such vested importance that it might actually be beneficial to change it if need be Minke is a very well educated individual as well as
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