BLM - GLo records with Native American Names
Can someone take a look at this record and tell me if entry 6 looks correct? There is a person names Turns Back, and another entry with Medicine Shows Turns Back.
Seems as if Medicine Shows Turns Back is actually two individuals.
What do you think? It isn't the normal way of recording land records with two names together like that.
Melissa S Himes ✭✭✭✭✭
I took a look at it yesterday. I think that most of these should be recorded as two individuals since the "normal" way is to create a new record for each individual. Since few people speak Crow (about 4000 in Montana,) I'm not sure how one would know if the English name and the Crow name are the same person. The Or command is only for name variations, nicknames, etc.
For me, based on the project instructions and the instruction on Sample 4, each person is indexed separately. Project Instruction: If a transaction was between more than 2 people, create additional entries to index all recorded names. Sample 4: Note that the first person listed would be indexed as the principal person and the second person's name indexed in the Other fields.
Thus, I would index Medicine Shows, Turns Back, and Ikpahne Ahehes as 3 individuals with the Otter Woman as the "Other" and three records with those individuals and Wallace Red Star as the Other - creating 6 records for those two transactions.
Regarding the inability to determine if the English name and the Crow name are the same:
Entry 11 - The indexer has written Given Name: Olive Elk Or Lakstah che dish. Iichíilikaashe is Elk in the Crow language. So, how would one know if Olive Elk and Lakstah che dish are the same person? I think it requires two records. Just my opinion though, after a little research on the language and some name searches.1
I agree. I think that way it will also be more searchable in the future. Thank you for your insight and on the mini history lesson! I had no idea how many people might speak Crow, but someday they might all be looking for their ancestors!0