On 18 January 2013 I gave myself a new name: Wequarran Archimedes.
The name Wequarran means ‘Eagle’, while Archimedes is the name of one of the 14 tribes that form the Ryamecah Confederation.
On that day I was already Native American by place of birth, since I was born exactly where the Yamecah band or tribe lived 400 years ago.
On that day I was already Native American by adoption, since I had been adopted by the Nemenhah Indigenous Traditional Organization in July 2011, which is acknowledged by some recognised Native American tribes, bands, or traditional communities.
However, on that day I also became a Native American sui generis as the Sachem (or Paramount Chief), Medicine Man, and founder of the Ryamecah Confederation.
Ryamecah is the name of a neoindigenous confederation of tribes of Long Island (a place also known today as Winnecomac, which means ‘Fine Country’), and the name of the new confederation stands for the abbreviation of the words ‘Restored Yamecah’.
The Ryamecah are a confederation of Native American tribes that considers itself British and Native American at the same time, so it is indigenous in two ways, as both a British and Native American tribe.
The Ryamecah are beginning to develop their own Native American culture, and they have their own medicine wheel. It is a medicine wheel which could have been possibly conceived by a tribe lead by the Greek Pythagoras of Samos, or in more modern times by a tribe lead by the French René Descartes, so it is very different from most Native American medicine wheels.
I’m a Native American by place of birth on the island now known also as Winnecomac; Native American by adoption; Native American sui generis; and Native American culturally.
I can present some evidence that I’m an indigenous Latinus (or Greater Roman), that I’m also Italian by ethnicity and citizenship, and thus European.
All my ancestors on my father’s and mother’s sides, grandparents and great grandparents, would have been considered Latini by the ancient Romans. Latini were a class of citizens who held the Latin Rights (ius Latii, Latinitas, or ius latinum). The Latin right was an intermediate step in obtaining full-fledged Roman citizenship. In the days of the Republic, those holding the Latin right had most of the liberties of citizens except the right to vote. Later even that changed, and not only they could vote if they found themselves in Rome on election day, but the so-called “greater Latin” right (Latium maius) introduced by emperor Hadrian, made all of the councillors in provincial communities full Roman citizens (Cives Romani).
It is also important to understand that the name Cesidio isn’t really a first or given name as Americans, or even Italians would think, but the name of a Roman gens (plural gentes), which originally was Caesidius, and that is something closer to the name of a clan (think of those proud Irish or Scottish clans), than to the name of a nuclear or even extended family. By the first century, Roman men had 3 names — a praenomen, nomen, and cognomen — and Caesidius, the Latinised version of Cesidio, was a Roman nomen [source], not praenomen.
So I was born with a nomen (Cesidio) and cognomen (Tallini) on my birth certificate, but I had no actual praenomen, the name only my closest family was supposed to use. Actually, I was given a kind of praenomen from the paternal aunt of my mother, but it is the nuclear family (the father and/or mother) that is supposed to give the domestic name or praenomen, and it should be kept it as private as possible. All these unwritten rules were violated in my case, and even my employers and co-workers ended up using my false praenomen.
Today I have a genuine legal praenomen, nomen, and cognomen, just like ancient Roman men. I actually have a new legal name, but I’ve changed my name outside of the US in April 2006, just to keep my praenomen secret, or at least very, very private. In other words, I actually have a new legal name, but it was deliberately never registered with US authorities. Romans often abbreviated praenomina (plural) in writings, so my name could have been written even back then as my British name, and my British name is B. Cesidio Tallini. That is why the acronym “BCT” today represents me like Coca Cola is represented by its logo.
I hope everyone has understood not only that I’m Native American, in three ways, and that I’m an indigenous Latinus (or Greater Roman), but that I also would not be a fully indigenous Latinus (or Greater Roman) even in name without my British name!
As many of you already know, I’m also a Ummoagian, Antarctican, African, and Asian by place of citizenship by naturalisation, and I hope my soon to be published book entitled Ryamecah Declaration of Indigenous Independence helps the Ryamecah gain recognition and independence from the United States, so the Ryamecah can become a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and I can become a Commonwealth, and thus a very British citizen (Civis Britannici), as the old-timers would have thought.
So what am I, in essence, since even my new legal name is my own, rather than just my parents’ creation?
I am one of a kind, or as the Romans would have put it, sui generis.
Since 18 February 2013, my transformation is almost complete with a new website and .com domain, which actually uses the words sui generis without all of the vowels: