I am breaking my blog fast because of a new discussion that will fascinate most Lummi Islanders.
Steve L. floated a trial balloon to see if there is any interest in changing the name of Lummi Island to something else. The ensuing discussion (you may or may not be on the mailing list) illustrates that changing the name of things is like opening Pandora’s Box.
When Pandora opened her box (which was actually a jar) she loosed the evils of the world.
I suppose one can make a strong case for changing our name. Yet, there are numerous reasons not to go through a name changing exercise. It is possible that evil will be turned loose but there are more mundane considerations. First of all, it’s counterproductive because there will never be consensus on a new name. Secondly, there are many more important things to spend our time and energy doing. Thirdly, even though Lummi Island might be confused with the Lummi Rez that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I suppose it’s bad from a marketing standpoint. That is if you are trying to develop and market property. Or, if you don’t want people to think you are an Indian.
But if you are just trying to hunker down and and stay out of sight the idea that people think the island is part of the Rez might be a very good thing. I actually think what really confuses people is that they have to drive through the Lummi Nation to get to Lummi Island. Ergo, it must be part of the Nation. Realistically, how many people who matter are that confused?
That said, here are my recommendations for a new name.
NotLummi Island—this would make it pretty easy and inexpensive to change address labels, income tax forms, etc. Could just handwrite or type “not” in front of Lummi.
Yummi Island—on the same theme. Everyone would need only a small bottle of white out to make the change.
Maui—real estate values would shoot up as the stupid people who are confused about Lummi Island being a part of the Rez would no longer be confused. Now they’d think we were in Hawaii.
Granger Island—Cliff F. argues in favor of a name change asking, “Does anyone really believe the Name Lummi accurately reflects the Island, its Residents and the Islands essence ?” No. But I think Granger Island might come closer to describing who we are (or who at least most of us are).
Wetzel Island—recognizing the kid who put us in the NY Times twice!
Mordor—we would be visited by legions of Lord of the Rings fans. Good for business. Many would wish to live here.
Out Of Service Island—for those who want to discourage visitors.
Sun Island—because you can fool some of the people some of the time.
Rodney Island—after the fellow who asked why we can’t all just get along.
Transition Island—my personal favorite.
I would enjoy hearing your recommendations for the our new name.