How do I name a Native American who had no European-style surname?

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I created a profile [[Casiah-20]] for a Tuscarora ancestor b circa 1690 who did not, as far as I have been able to determine, ever adopt a European-style surname. It's a complex situation, for a tree, because there are eight individuals we descendants treat as siblings who may have been brothers and sisters, or they may have been maternal cousins. The Tuscarora child's maternal aunt was his/her akuʔęháh - his/her "little" mother, and one's maternal cousins were considered siblings, so while the "List of 8" could have been the children of one couple, they could as easily have been maternal cousins, and they could have had different fathers. 

I now realize I probably should have named this profile differently, but do I call it 'Tuscarora- #' ? 

WikiTree profile: Unknown Tuscarora
in WikiTree Help by Deb Cavel G2G6 Mach 1 (17.2k points)

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It is the policy of WikiTree's Native Americans project to use the LNAB field to record the tribe or nation name for those individuals born before the introduction of surnames. For example, Pocahontas was a member of the Powhatan people. Her profile is Powhatan-3.

by Leilani Atkins G2G6 Mach 1 (15.1k points)
selected by Michel Vorenhout
Thank you! That's what I needed to know. I just wasn't sure. I now need to go ahead and change that profile's name. Tomorrow. :)

Deb [Cavel-3]

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