What’s in a name? For Alberta First Nations seeking heritage recognition, plenty

If a group of First Nations gets its wish, Calgary will be renamed Wichispa Oyade — Stoney Nakoda terms that roughly translate to mean elbow town.

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  • SDMatt

    The Stoney Nakoda people are the original occupants of the land

    Brrrrpppp!!! Wrong!!

    “First” “Nations” were neither first nor nations.

  • BillyHW

    Having been the most recent tribe to squat on a particular piece of land is not an accomplishment.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    I was kind of rooting for “Sticky Squaw Falls”.

    • Linda1000

      Are Soup Plantation restaurants still around in your area? They used to serve a sweet dark brown bread called “squaw bread” and it was really good. It must have had honey and molasses in it.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        We do have Soup Plantations here but I only find myself in them maybe once every other year. Ill keep an eye out for the squaw bread.

  • Linda1000

    I don’t like “elbow town” and don’t know how to pronounce those two Stoney Nakota words. If there has to be a compromise, instead of “Cowtown” maybe “Buffalo town” or “Coyote town”.

    • Lightstream

      How about leaving it with the name it has now.

      • Linda1000

        That would be best.

  • Marius K

    Where nomadic people got word for ‘town’?

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      Probably the same place the got the words for “horse” and “wheel”; from the paleface.

  • Tooth&Claw

    If your goal is to make the names of places unpronounceable, unrecognizable and unused because of it… congratulations. Native tribes didn’t even have a written down language until the European Christian missionaries decided to study the language spoken and transcribe what they heard.

    • tom_billesley

      Try Welsh, with a town name like
      Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
      which means:
      Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio of the red cave.
      (but everyone calls it Lllanfair PG)
      http://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk/say.php

      • Tooth&Claw

        I gather that doesn’t fit on regular maps.

        • tom_billesley

          It had been called Lllanfair. The rest of it was added as a publicity stunt by a local businessman in the 1880’s who thought it would help with tourism.

  • Thomas Henderson

    Those who settled and built the places got to name the places.

    The original inhabitants of the land weren’t settlers. They were hunter-gatherers.

  • Exile1981

    What’s the point of allowing the 1st nations to re-name Calgary. Between the Chinese government owned companies buying up the city and the % of muslims skyrocketing it’s a toss up between which of those two groups will rename it something equally unpronounceable.

  • People who contribute to society can give their input before deciding just to leave Calgary as it is.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I suspect I speak for many when I ask: How do you say “Fuck you!” in the language of the Stoney Nakoda?