Another word embodying a form of fear. Lopez observed that Eskimos have lived with more fear than we are used to, saying that ‘on a day to day basis, they have more fear’ (which is not to imply any less courage). He also refers to someone asking a shaman about Eskimo beliefs, with the striking response: “We do not believe. We fear.”
The fear implied in the word kappia Lopez defines as apprehension in the face of unpredictability.
‘Fear in the face of unpredictable violence, apprehension – having to cross thin sea ice, kappia.’
See also my bestellar review of this wonderful book, complete with a mosaic of quotations, metaphors, triologisms and other alluring Eskimo words.
Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams, pp. 7 and 201