A story prompt.
Do you remember the movie, Dances with Wolves? The title is also the name of Kevin Costner's character. It's the name that the Sioux gave him after they saw him "dancing" and romping with the wolf who had become his friend.
There is a whole "sub story" of his relationship with "two socks". The slow process of building trust; the moment when Two Socks decides they are friends; the way they protect each other; the angst when the soldiers shoot Two Socks.
The Sioux all had names that described who they were in some way: Stands with a fist; Kicking Bird; Wind in his hair. They all had a story behind how they came by their name.
Here's a story prompt:
If you were to have a "Native American" name, what would it be? What phrase or few words would describe who you are?
I have used this prompt in therapy sessions many times and it is always quite revealing. My name would be, "Loves to laugh and make 'em laugh." There are several stories behind that descriptive moniker...but that's another story.
What would your name be? Now, tell us a story (or stories) about why you would be called that. It might be one specific incident, or there might be a "string of pearls" (several stories) that would reveal what is behind that name.
Think about it. Maybe chat with a friend. Be creative. Maybe it's something everyone knows about you...or something that very few know.
Hello, what's your name? Tell me a story about it.