Re:Uncas and Alexandria

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Posted by Katherine on July 29, 1998 at 07:26:08:

In Reply to: Re:Uncas and Alexandria posted by Myra on July 28, 1998 at 17:57:55:

: Hi to Kathy S.
: I too was wondering about "UNCLE". In fact for a while, I thought that Alexandra was saying Uncas and greeting Chinga.
: But, I now think that she was saying uncle as a warm greeting, as one would say hi dad. Perhaps Uncle was an okay way to warmly greet a non-blood relative or Indian you felt affection for into your home,

: any other ideas out there?
: regards Myra

I understand that some cultures - the ones I know of are Chinese culture and Indian/Pakistani culture, some Native cultures too but not clear on details who do greet non-blood relatives or someone close to the family or someone one feels affection for in that similar way. For example in Chinese culture I would call someone in my generation Sister or Brother, I would greet someone in my parent's generation by calling them Uncle or Aunty and greet someone in my grandparent's generation by calling them Grandfather or Grandmother. All of this is done to show respect especially if these people are older than me.

It is quite nice having a very large extended family in the community.


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