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an old Yup'ik custom....reading a person in the qasgiq
i remember reading about old Yup’ik talk (old, traditional observations) on the subject of a person’s 'loudness.' i read this in one of those paperback books back in the day on what the ‘elders’ used to tell about a person. an observation about people, if you will.
this elder spoke of meeting/seeing a person for the first time in the qasgiq, or men’s house. the elder said that you can tell alot about a person before they even speak, by observing their actions. the elder spoke of ‘reading’ people, by the person’s nonverbal communication and how the person performed certain actions. this type of awareness makes you think about a deeper level of consciousness and understanding that some elders just have. anyways, here is more about traditional observations….
a man of a few words
the traditionalYup’ik person, by nature, does not need to speak to communicate. this person does not need to verbalize thoughts to send a message to another. the traditionalYup’ik person can communicate nonverbally and can go a whole day without saying a word.
on the flip side, some white people talk way too much. in my professional experience as a social worker, i’ve learned that social workers are kings and queens of bullshit. i swear, these people talk waaaay too much. i don’t what it is, but social workers can sure talk your ear off—a whole lot about nothing.
back to the traditional Yuk, this person is generally quiet and very observant. if you’ve ever been in the presence of an old Yup’ik man, he was probably a man of a few words.
reading a person
i wish that i could remember the specifics of what i read, but from what i remember, a Yup’ik elder spoke of ‘reading’ a person in the qasgiq. this was done by observing how they carried themselves, how they did little things, and by other little nonverbal actions. it is possible to not say one single word and still be the loudest person in the room, unaware of your actions.
having this information in mind makes me think of my nonverbal communication and other actions and the actions of others. how ‘loud’ are they when they walk, eat, and sit down? this information makes me more aware of my actions and how others might ‘read’ me.
there is one person i know that is very loud in the way they do certain actions, and this person is LOUD. this person’s loudness makes me think of how sloppy he must be and how unaware he is of his own actions. this guy must be one poor hunter.