The Unseen Museum: Ka’apor Necklace

This necklace (tukaniwar) was worn by women of the Ka’apor tribe of eastern Brazil for the Ta’i Rupi Taha name-giving ceremony. The museum’s collections include beautiful feather work from the Amazon Basin of South America. The Ka’apor are particularly adept at working with small feathers.

The yellow feathers on the cord are from the breast of the channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus ariel); they are twined to a tiny thread, which is lashed to the larger cord. The pendants are made of turquoise blue breast feathers and purple throat feathers from the spangled cotinga (Cotinga cayana) and black feathers from the white-tailed cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis). The cotinga feathers are stuck to cut scarlet macaw (Ara macao) tail feathers with sap from the macarandua tree (Manilkara huberi).

Deb Harding is a collection manager in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Anthropology. She frequently blogs and shares pieces of the museum’s hidden anthropology collection, which is home to over 100,000 ethnological and historical specimens and 1.5 million archaeological artifacts.

Miss Alyssa Delilah had her naming ceremony today. We have given her the Hebrew name Raisa Devorah in honor of Justin’s grandmother Roslyn, great grandmother Rose, and great great aunt Dolores.
(Her English name is after my sister Alyssa and Delilah after my sister’s favorite song/what she wanted to name her daughter) ❤️

the only part of my hebrew name that is officialized™ with my rabbi is my first name, Avigayil, and I want a hebrew middle/second name, so I’m having a naming ceremony for one in May! I am still deliberating though, and I’d like to take a general poll of my friends, not just Jewish, re: whether I should be…. (my current favorites are in bold, meanings of the middle name are in parentheses) 

Avigayil Chaya (alive)

Avigayil Eliana (G-d has answered)

Avigayil Meira (one who gives light)

Avigayil Nechama (comfort)

Avigayil Nurit (buttercup)

Avigayil Yocheved (glory of G-d) 

feel free 2 reply n weigh in!

I can’t really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?  - Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934- November 17, 1992)

She was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. In her own words, Lorde was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. In an African naming ceremony before her death, she took the name Gambda Adisa, which means “Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known”.


KAYAPO COURAGE: “The Amazon tribe has beaten back ranchers and gold miners and famously stopped a dam. Now its leaders must fight again or risk losing a way of life.” ~ Chip Brown.  photography by Martin Schoeller - full story & gallery via National Geographic (January 2014)

  • “YNHIRE expresses his identity as a warrior with a headdress of parrot feathers.”
  • “BEPRO wears the beads and cotton-wrapped earrings that boys receive as part of their naming ceremony.”
  • “ROPNI, an internationally known chief, is one of the few Kayapo who still wear the mahogany lip plate.”
  • “PHNH-OTI has an inverted V shaved into her scalp, a ceremonial female practice.”
  • “BEPRAN-TI wears an impressive display of feathers for his betrothal ceremony, a Kayapo rite of passage.”
  • “MEKARON-TI, the great chief, speaks Portuguese and is a powerful advocate for his people.”

The Haitian Revolution was one of the largest slave rebellions in history. Although it was not the first slave revolt to take place in what was then known as Saint Dominigue, it had one of the greatest impacts on society. The fighting began in August of 1791, but the desire for independence began long before. Fueled by the cruel and inhumane treatment by white slave owners, Slaves would call for a voodoo ceremony to prepare to TAKE their Freedom. During the ceremony, the slaves would call upon the voodoo warrior Spirit, Ogun, and leaders would be selected to lead the revolt. Now contrary to popular belief, Toussaint l’Overture would not be among the first leaders of the rebellion; he would come later. It would be a man named Boukman.

After the ceremony, over 10,000 slaves marched to battle and began killing their white oppressors. In a few short days, thousands of whites had been killed and the morale of the Black army was sky high. This battle would serve as the catalyst for the Haitian revolution and eventually over 500,000 slaves and Free Blacks would join the battle for Independence. For years this Black Army, now lead by Toussaint l’Overture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, would fight and defend their land. They would defeat the French armies several times along with the English and Spanish. In 1803, Toussaint would eventually be captured and die in prison but the revolution would not end there. Dessalines would lead the blacks and defeat the French once again forcing them to leave the land for good.

On January 1, 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared the nation Independent and renamed it Haiti. Haiti would become the first black republic in the world and one of few nations to win its independence from a European power. Slavery was abolished and a constitution would be provided that granted rights to all Haitian people. Most of all, the Haitian Revolution provided the inspiration for nations, not just black, but all over the world to begin to fight for Freedom. Had it not been for this Black Allegiance, lands such as Dominican Republic would never have gained their Independence.
“The Only Thing Necessary for Evil to Prevail Is for Good Men to do Nothing.”
Written By @KingKwajo

The Rest of the Tale

     After the Wicked Witch had been defeated there had been a huge celebration at Granny’s. It was also partly the naming ceremony of the Charming’s son but for a couple in attendance that evening it was the start of a whole new chapter in their lives. 

     They’d arrived together at the diner earlier that night after getting Roland some rocky road ice cream at Any Given Sundae. Ingrid had been happy to see them and the trio were radiating happiness as they had walked down the street together and it became ever more apparent with Roland dashed off anxious to join the party while Robin and Regina lingered back a moment to bask in the love that is so new and at times overwhelming in the best of ways. 

      This happiness continued to grow over the weeks that followed even with Emma and Killian having accidentally brought back Elsa and Ingrid turned out not to be what everyone had thought. The town settled down once more. The walls of ice having thawed and now with a few more residents in town to take the place of those no longer among them things were once again relatively back to normal. 

      Robin was out spending time with Henry and Roland at the community pool teaching Roland how to swim while Henry enjoyed playing about or going off the various diving boards. When Roland needed a break the thief made sure that his son was safely away from the pool and in a shaded area with a juice box and covered him with a towel before diving back into the pool to manhandle Henry for awhile. 

Meeting Over Coffee

After a long day of building figurines for his new Monster World set, Ryou decided that he deserved a reward for his hard work. He set off towards his favorite coffee shop without a care in the world. 

Soon, he was inside and ordered his favorite milk tea. As he waited, he looked around the quaint rustic surroundings. Of course, that was until his eyes caught sight of a familiar head of pale blond hair. 

Ryou blinked several times, trying to place a name with the face. Ceremonial Duel. Battle City. Started with an ‘M.’ 

He paused in his thoughts when his name was called out. He quickly went to the counter and grabbed his drink before making a beeline for the other man’s table. 

As soon as he was close enough, the name finally popped into his head. Feeling proud of himself, Ryou gave a smile before speaking. 

“Hello!” he greeted brightly. “…I never thought I’d see you here.” His smile turned more sheepish. “…Marik, right?” 



Once upon a September fair,

the last of Summer’s breath warmed the air.

The impending Autumn chilled said breeze

enough to inspire the newborn child to sneeze.  


And when the babe did shiver and cry,

to him did all his loved ones fly.  

His mother swaddled him in the softest fleece,

his father thought it wise to leave him in peace.


But his grandmother declared with subtle urgency

that it was somewhat of a minor emergency

to call upon all of their relations with haste

for there was no more time to dally, no time to waste


And so that fateful night on the thirteenth of September,

every family friend and every family member

came to Malfoy Manor just shy of the midnight bell

to meet the tiny child and wish him well.

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we talk a lot about how Nelyafinwë was clearly a dig at Nolofinwë/a declaration of how Fëanor feels the succession should work/whatever but we don’t talk much about how the name Fëanor gives their youngest, Telufinwë, is clearly the same thing. ‘last Finwë’ - that’s not just “seven and we’re done”, that’s “this is the last of the House of Finwë’ when his half-siblings were definitely not done reproducing.

Ambarussa’s naming ceremony must have been really fucking awkward, what with the kid’s fathername being another veiled remarriage complaint and Nerdanel trying to give them both the same mothername and then, when that failed, literally going “I name them Doomed and Redhead’.

Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934- November 17, 1992) was a Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist. In her own words, Lorde was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”. In an African naming ceremony before her death, she took the name Gambda Adisa, which means “Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known”

“What you hear in my voice is fury, not suffering. Anger, not moral authority.” - Audre Lorde

Names in Yoruba Culture

In Yoruba culture, a child is usually given a name on the eighth day of their life (exactly a week after their birth). It is believed that names are so powerful that they have an impact on the life, behaviour, integrity and success of a child. Most Yorubas are given more than one name on the day of their naming ceremony. This is because children receive names from their father and mother, grandparents and other close relatives. 

Most Yoruba names fall into two basic categories:

1. Oruko Amutorunwa (names brought from heaven) -Destiny names

2. Oruko Abiso (names given at birth) - Acquired names

Destiny names: It is believed that some individuals are born with preordained names relating to the events of their birth. Parents have no control over destiny names, they become a child’s immediate name if they fall into this category. The most common destiny names are the names given to twins (Taiwo (first to arrive) and Kehinde (second to come)). Some other destiny names are:

Idowu: the name given to a child born after a set of twins

Alaba: the name given to a child born after Idowu

Idogbe: the name given to a child born after Alaba

Ige: the name given to a child born in breech position

Dada: the name give to a child born with dreadlocks

Aina Orosun: the name given to a female child born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck

Ojo: the name given to a male child born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck

Olugbodi: the name given to a child born with more than 10 fingers/toes

Abiona: the name given to a child born on a journey or at the roadside

Babatunde: the name given to a son born into a family where a father or male ancestor recently passed away

Yetunde: the name given to a daughter born into a family where a mother or female ancestor recently passed away. 

Oruko Abiso: These names are not names relating to the events of the birth itself. These names are given in accordance to significant events occurring around the time of birth or in accordance to a family tradition. Some examples of these names include:

Ekundayo: my tears/sorrow turned to joy. Given to a child born shortly after the death of another family member.

Odewale: the hunter returns home: The prefix “ode” is used in a family of hunters.

Adediwura: the crown becomes gold: The prefix “ade” is used in a family of royal/noble lineage.

There is a third set of names called Oriki (pet names). These names are used to suggest the background of a child or one’s hopes for the child. Some examples of these names are:

Atinuke: someone who has been cared for/pampered from the womb. 

Aduke: one who everyone likes to bless

Akanbi: one who is deliberately born

Ayinde: one who is praised on arrival