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122               INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
An infant was merely a "new life," it was wholly de­pendent upon others; no name was given it (only en­dearing terms were used), for the reason that a name implies either a sacred responsibility or a personal achievement, neither of which was possible to an in­fant. When, however, the child could go about alone, generally at three or four years of age, the time had arrived when it must be given a tribal name, one be­longing to the rites in charge of its birth group. By means of this ceremonial act the child was inducted by sacred rites into the tribe and became a recognized member.
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