Re: Inuits and Eskimos

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Posted by Chris on April 28, 1999 at 23:19:11:

In Reply to: Re: Inuits and Eskimos posted by Elaine on April 28, 1999 at 22:39:00:

: Chris,

: That was interesting! Now we HAVE to define Yup'ik, right? :)
: As one would expect, it means "real person" ... taken from yuk, "person." Yupiit is the plural of Yup'ik; Yuut is the plural of yuk. Chris, are Yup'ik/Yupiit plurals always a vowel-T suffix?

: White person is "kass'aq" so your "tun-uk" word; would this be like calling someone an animal person???? Or plain old "animal"?
: Derogatory ONLY if meant to be so?

: So, in Alaska, Eskimo is fine; In Canada ... no, no! Inuit only.
: Yes?

Hi Elaine,

According to my sources, yes!

I'll see Louise this weekend and ask her about your Yup'ik/Yupiit language questions. She is a translator (as well as a wonderful nurse, a Yup'ik dancer, a seamstress and the weaver of award winning grass baskets), so I'm sure she can give you the definitive answer.


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