Peace in All Directions
There is an interesting system
of cardinal directions in various Sami dialects
adjusted to the geographical features of the peninsula
The main guiding principle is the flow of rivers
the countryside full of valleys and fjords
The starting point is a West-East main axis
in the case of Ume
In Lule Sami the main axis direction is north-west to south-east
Further North and then East
the main direction of the axis changes based on the coastline
of the Scandinavian Peninsula and the flow of the rivers
arriving to the area from Southern regions
first South-west to North-west
then Sourth-North in the northern most regions
In the eastern areas where Skolts
and especially Akkala and Ter Sami people live
the direction of the main axi is North-East to South-West and West-East
"Nuorta" present in all dialects
but the direction it designates is different
depending on the given dialect and the geographical place
shifting meaning while moving
from the Southern most to the Eastern most corner of Lapland
"Nuorta" is North in Southern Same, Ume Samie and Lule Sami
means Northeast Lule Sami and North Sami
and North in the Western part of North Sami
means East in Northern part of North Sami, Inari Sami
and South East in Skolt
and South and South East in Eastern Sami
Peace is "Ráfi" in several Sami languages
Read More about Sami Directions at https://dea.lib.unideb.hu/server/api/core/bitstreams/d7684886-3bb2-46a7-9b0c-641bff68342f/content and https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nuorta
A Riff of Rafi in Sami
"Ráfi" is peace in Saami,
a language of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia
again "Ráfi" (peace) in Northern Sami
so is "R̃afi" (peace) and "Ássu" (peace)
Lule Sami's peace is "Ráfe"
”Ráffe” or "Rávve" is peace in Pite Sami
as does "Säddo" mean peace and stillness
and a homonym Sandbank
"Raahfee" is peace in Ume Sami
Skolt Sami's peace in "Rääuh"
while in Southern Sami or Åarjelsaemien gïele "Raeffie" is peace
Meridional Sami is also "Raeffie" (peace)
Some are written in Cyrillic letters
"мырр" (peace) in Inari Sami
Kildi Sami "А̄ййв" [Ājjv] (peace)
The Value of Peacefulness
"Peacefulness is a value prized by Yup’ik peoples.
Fienup-Riordan, 2005b points out:
“If a person lived according to the rules
and acted with compassion and restraint,
the result would be a peaceful life”
"Nepaitnaq", meaning, “to be silent or quiet,”
commonly used for people who do not make noise
and avoid commotion or conflict
Yup’ik people who are not arrogant,
keep to themselves, help others and
avoid gossip are considered
to live a peaceful life."
Yupik: Alaska (Central Alaskan) Yupik, Yup’igtun, Yugtun—"Kiñuiñak" (peace), "илакулъык'" / "Ilakuljyq" (peace), "Nepaitnaq" (peacefulness from "Nepaite" (to be silent or quiet), "Nepaitnauluni" (peaceful and harmonious), "Uitanqegcineq" (peace), "Qinuite" (to be at peace) or "Quunir" (to be calm)—Native Americans of Alaska (Central Alaskan Yupik (or Yugtun) - the largest dialect is spoken in Yukon River, Nelson Island, Kuskokwim River, and Bristol Bay. Yupik - Alaska (Central Alaskan) Yupik, Yugtun Native Americans of Alaska (Central Alaskan Yupik (or Yugtun) - the largest dialect is spoken in Yukon River, Nelson Island, Kuskokwim River, and Bristol Bay.
Mistaken For A Man, A Story for Anyone Struggling to Feel Comfortable in Their Own Skin, Clothes and Community
Mistaken For a Man: A Story for Anyone Struggling to Feel Comfortable in Their Own Skin, Clothes, and Community is a memoir by Kimberly Burnham (she/her) who identifies as a butch lesbian.
The stories span almost 50 years and countries around the world. Kim poignantly conveys her unique response to people mistaking her for a man in bathrooms, restaurants, stores, parties, synagogues, schools, and other places where gender is sometimes relevant, but often not.
She occasionally lifts her shirt to correct a mistaken impression but generally struggles with the choice between ignoring people’s comments, hiding or gently or perhaps forcefully correcting people’s mistaken impressions.
It is a book that looks forward to a post gender society where the configuration of the body underneath the clothing and how one self-identifies doesn’t influence what bathroom you can use, where you can eat or pray, and most importantly where you feel safe and who you love.
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Home of the Daily Peace Challenge. Learn about world peace - one word and one language at a time. (c) Kimberly Burnham, 2022
The Meaning of Peace in 10,000 Languages
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