August 09, 2007

Oprah gets Indian name

B.C. community greets 'wise woman' Oprah

Talk show icon is given honorary name by the 'Namgis First Nation after sailing into Alert Bay on Jim Pattison's yachtDaytime talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey was christened Noxsolaga, a 'Namgis First Nation word that means "wise woman," during a visit Friday to the tiny community of Alert Bay.

Winfrey quietly sailed into town in a 50-metre yacht owned by fellow billionaire Jim Pattison at about noon Friday, said Alert Bay Mayor John Rowell.


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Too bad she never will get a Kiowa name, which if it did occur would be "Mah-ton onh-ait gya-daw," which means "one size fits all, unless you're Oprah Winfrey..."
All Best
Russ Bates

Anonymous said...

What is Sugar Ray Lenord Ndun name? Hes Kiowa!!

Rob said...

Are you talking about Sugar Ray Leonard the boxer? I haven't heard he has Kiowa blood.

I asked Russell Bates, our resident Kiowa, about this. His response:

"Neither have I. If Sugar Ray is Kiowa, you'd think we'd have heard of it before. Just as 'Tiger' Woods never has divulged his Native heritage, 'Sugar Ray' never has, either, if true."

Anonymous said...

Damn you guys, showing your age I guess. Right there in Kiowa country for all to see, from where the sun now stands, Sugar Ray will be Kiowa forever!!!
I don't make it I just report it.

Rob said...

Odd that I can't find a single Web page linking "Sugar Ray Leonard" and "Kiowa." If you're just "reporting," give us a specific URL so we can check your facts.

kiowaroamer said...

I remember when Sugar Ray came to Kiowa country and we had a boxing match. He also went to a sweat, ate in Carnegie. He was one cool cat! I was star struck when asked to do the Lords prayer in sign language before the match. Sugar Ray spent time in our little neck of the woods and brought his parents too. I could see him getting a name. He was well loved and he was gracious to Kiowa people. He was a true friend of Jumbo 'Duke' Cooper.