"Our journeys have been directed in so many different ways, but yet we are still standing here embracing each other as if we haven't lost any time," was what Kyrie Irving said at his naming ceremony, where he returned to his Rock Sioux tribe Thursday and given the Lakota name Little Mountain. He continued "It's really special for me to be here because I lost my mom at a very young age, and I had no idea about the history and how inclusive this group is and what it means to part of the Sioux tribe."
Wearing a traditional shirt with ribbons, Irving stood on a buffalo skin and was prayed over by a tribe elder, Vernon Iron Horse. As a drum group played and chanted, Irving was wrapped in a blanket, had an eagle feather tied into his hair along with a medicine ball made of porcupine quills, and had a beaded medallion placed over his head as his name was revealed to him. Read more here.