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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES               119
both of whom rank below the President, as is well known to the Indian. The use of terms of relationship may appear strange to us, but there is, as we have seen, a reason for it. This reason also explains why a child or an adult generally stands mute when we address him by his personal name or ask him what his name is; his silence is not to be attributed to "Indian stolidity," which we ignorantly regard as a marked characteristic of the race.
The bestowal of a name, whether the name is of the first or of the second class already described, was al­ways attended with ceremonies. These differed among the many tribes of the United States, particularly in their details, but fundamentally they had much in common.
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