Often, I am asked what is the meaning behind the name of my art business, MaiTribe. There are two parts to this name: the first part Mai, is an abbreviated form of my name, Maija. I am of Latvian descent and my name means May. It is pronounced Maya.
The second part, Tribe stems from my ethnic inheritance.
The Latvian language is an Indo-European language. Of the various families, there are only two surviving Baltic languages- Latvian and Lithuanian.
In Latvian mythology, the harmless snake Zalktis was the guardian of wealth and well-being and therefore had to be protected and cared for. It is also the sacred symbol of wisdom.
Coincidentally, I discovered many years after starting my business that there is a tribe of people in northern Thailand, called mai-tribe, or the long necked people. We are not related.