I decided to look up the word tribe in the dictionary. There are quite a few dictionaries available so I decided to combine a few of the definitions for more clarity.
A tribe is a group of people, or a community with similar values or interests, a family.
YES! I am going to TBEX in Toronto to find my tribe! As I researched more about Toronto, I learned that the name originally came from the Mohawk phrase tkaronto meaning “where there are trees standing in the water”. I LOVE trees AND water! What better place to find my tribe than where there are trees surrounded by water! I’m really getting excited now! As I continued to read about the linguistic and geographic changes Toronto has made, I read that the most common meaning for Toronto NOW is “place of meetings” derived from the Huron toronton. O.M.G. really! Can it be any more clear??Well, Yes, it can. Wait for it, wait for it. Apparently historian Henry Scadding interpreted Gabriel Segard’s 1632 definition--il y en a beaucoup (there is much)--to mean a gathering of tribes, or meeting place! WOW, there it is people, the punchline! I am going to the ACTUAL meeting place/gathering place for tribes to meet mine! Neither me or my daughter had any clue about the meaning and history of Toronto before that conversation. I started my research on the origin of Toronto and the word tribe the day after. To have what she told me actually be validated (as in proved in writing) is just the cherry on top of an already super sweet, fudge covered, whipped cream drizzled sundae! I’m going to FIND MY TRIBE. The only thing left to do is figure out what one wears to an inaugural family reunion of my people :-)
I used the website www.nrcan.gc.ca (Natural Resources Canada) to find “The real story of how Toronto got its name”. THANK YOU for the education and a fantastic website!