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

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