No. Python and a few other languages (e.g., C++, Ruby, Snobol, Perl) allow negative indices. A list index of -k mean the k-th item from the end of the list. Hence, L[-1] refers to the last item in list L. Students should think of negative indexing as Indexing from the right end.
Note that name and name [-11] result in an IndexError.
Negative indices can be confusing at first. When used correctly they can simplify a program and its logic. Students should think of negative indexing as Indexing from the right end. Languages that do not support negative indexing include Java and C.