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Q: Dear Sirs,
In the movie Chisum, John Wayne refers to "a lonely
wind". I do not know how to spell the words in
Comanche, but here goes: Toni Moro?
Please advise how to spell this. I would like to
name a wolf hybrid this due to her nature.
A: It was spelled "Tahnee Mara" in the script, but as far as
I know it's not actually a Native American name-- it was
just made up for the movie. In those days they didn't really go around and
find a speaker of a Native American language to help
them make movies the way they did with "Windtalkers"
or "Dances With Wolves." Instead, the writers usually just made
up names and phrases on their own. As far as I know
that's what happened there. "Tahnee Mara" was said to
mean "lonesome wind" in that movie, but I don't know
of any language in which that is true, and it's
definitely not true in Comanche or Apache.
It sounds pretty, though, so as long as you knew you
were naming her after a John Wayne movie and not a
Native American word, I don't think your dog will
Have a good day!
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