Brittany Jourdain Brown, the newest addition to the family of Terrence and Christine Brown of Falls Church, received her tribal Indian name in a traditional sacred ceremony last week.
The baby, born Aug. 5, was the center of attention as nearly 100 guests watched the ceremony, performed in the Brown home by Roger Jourdain, chairman of the Red Lake Band Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota.
The Indian name given to the child is Zoong-Ge-Gah-Bahweke, which means "Strong Standing Woman," according to Jourdain.
The couple's other two daughters, Brooke Ann Eeshaha, 3, and Bridget Chante, 5, also were ceremoniously named shortly after birth, according to their father, a Karoc Indian who is an official with the Veterans Administration.
Christine Brown, a Sioux Indian, works for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the field of education.
Guests included David Lester, a Creek Indian who lives in Annandale; Stewart Jamieson of Alexandria, a Seneca; and Fred Massey, a neighbor of Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry.
The baby, who was cradled in a traditional Karoc basket, received several gifts from Jourdain: an Indian tribal pipe, a pair of Chippewa moccasins "so she will always walk straight," and a crib blanket.
After the ceremony, guests feasted on traditional Indian delicacies including fresh fruit, raw vegetables, smoked whitefish and a whole fresh silver salmon from the Pacific Northwest, which was cooked by Jourdain.
A gleaming new home for the Reston Children's Center was dedicated Sunday at a ceremony attended by community leaders, parents and a number of laughing, running children.
The $500,000 project was designed by architect Joe Taylor and financed by the National Consumer Cooperative Bank. Bank President Carol Greenwald attended the ceremony with her husband Ron.
"This is a unique parents' cooperative," Taylor said, "and I wanted the building to express the programs, kids, staff and people who work here.
"I took all the input I got from everybody and put it in a bag and shook it up. For instance, I used low windows in a random pattern the kids can identify with. I wanted it to be warm and friendly, a reflection of parents and kids."
Madeline Fried, director of the center, said the family day-care program is in its 13th year, but just moved into its own building in late August.
"We care for 220 children from 2 to 12 and also provide a satellite program offering training and help to women who care for school-age children in their homes," she said.
Ruth Anderson, chairwoman of the dedication ceremonies, said the center provides day care before and after school.
"The cost for a preschooler for a full day is $225 a month, including breakfast and lunch," she said. "For older kids who go to school, like mine, it's $145 a month."
Among the little ones tumbling about the room were David Fikety, 3, Erik Nelson, 3, Sandy Cooke, 3, and Jenni Mardo, 4.
"I can't say enough good things about it," said Cathy Fikety, whose 3-year-old son David attends the center. "My daughter's 14 months old and I can't wait until she's old enough to come to the center." --