Kunlangeta As Psychopathy

Psychopathy seems to be present in both Western and non-Western cultures, including those that have had minimal exposure to media portrayals of the condition. In a 1976 study anthropologist Jane M. Murphy, then at Harvard University, found that an isolated group of Yupik-speaking Inuits near the Bering Strait had a term — kunlangeta — they used to describe “a man who … repeatedly lies and cheats and steals things and … takes sexual advantage of many women—someone who does not pay attention to reprimands and who is always being brought to the elders for punishment.” When Murphy asked an Inuit what the group would typically do with a kunlangeta, he replied, “Somebody would have pushed him off the ice when nobody else was looking.”

Colins Dictionary: defn of KUNLANGETA; Inuit ~ a person who knows what to do but does not do it

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Talk To The Hand !

Was working with a traditional Aboriginal woman the other week. Went to p/u to take home from a “women’s business” program in our local district.

She had her young grandson with her, visiting from the Central Lands area. His English was somewhat better than hers, so I asked if he’d interpret for me where needed as I discussed a few matters with his Grandmother.

He was more interested in listening to the rap music on the car stereo, and when I persisted in asking him what his Grandmother had said, he turned to me, in his american mannerisms and hip-hop speak and said, “Talk to the hand” !

Oh yes, how far we haven’t come, and somewhat saddening to see and hear. (At least for me.)

Closing The Gap

Regarding the historic Apology, there has been a kind of byline to it, or phrase often used, in the political rhetoric and media — “Closing the Gap” — which I take to mean that the Government and the powers-that-be would like to close the gap that exists on matters of education, employment, economic and health standards of the Aboriginals (indigenes of Australia) as compared to that of the average, mainstream, non-Aboriginal, Australian.

Assimilate, Close The Gap

In my view, this really implies or suggests that — although well-intended perhaps — closing the gap must also result in becoming more like the dominant-majority cultural group, including its values, beliefs, indocrination (education) — and in the doing, would that not then mean less differences, culturally? Resulting in lots of Westernised, homogenised, mono-culture and less culturally different or unique Aboriginal Australians? More like “us” and less like them? Lots more white-blakfellas, — with similar goals, aspirations, employment opportunities, access, career paths, materialism, capitalism, economic centred-culture and rationale.

Less traditional, or culturally diverse, more contemporary, mainstream.

What will be the real cost to the the future of the survival and nurturing of “Aboriginal culture” — given that it is actually a more egalitarian, spiritually-centred, less hierarchical, less competitive → more complimentary and cooperative culture? More natural alternative, less normal. What price survival? What cost, and what really is lost, to all of us?

“in Dio”, Italian for “in God”

Russell MeansStrange thing, how people think they know what they are saying, without ever knowing where the words they use originated, or how they came to be so readily misunderstood, and/or used inappropriately. According to Russell Means (American Indian; activist, spokesperson, lawyer, actor), the word Indian, initially used by Christopher Columbus, was “in Dio”:-

There is also some confusion about the word Indian, a mistaken belief that it refers somehow to the country, India. When Columbus washed up on the beach in the Caribbean, he was not looking for a country called India. Europeans were calling that country Hindustan in 1492. Look it up on the old maps. Columbus called the tribal people he met “Indio,” from the Italian in dio, meaning “in God”.

which, clarifies, the use of Indian in reference to the indigenous or aboriginal people of the Americas.

That leads me back to my research of how Aborigines came to be used in relation to naming the Aboriginals here in Australia, and further to uncovering how this country came to be named “Australia”.

Minor issues to the majority-mainstream perhaps, yet, if understood, extremely important in understanding ‘spiritual forces’ (unconscious Consciousness) and how such is manifested (comes into being; physical) in our material realm — the inter-play and interacting of the physical ↔ metaphysical forces and forms that be.

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