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Old 10-02-2016, 04:26 AM   #8
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I DO get scared by these kinds of stories!!!

I've heard a lot of them & enough of them over the years.....of things that have happened....of things that I know are true!

We have a Menominee word/phrase/saying that's pronounced like "youu-pee-na". (I don't know the correct spelling..??? & there are a couple of different ways/inflections that we say it to add emphasis.) I remember when I was a little kid, my mom saying it & asking her what it meant.

I don't know; it's like when you feel the presence of bad spirits are around, like something isn't right...something is off; or like when de ja vu is happening, or when something weird happens....it's those kinds of moments.

I think it's kinda like the equivalent of Christians who make the sign of the cross to protect themselves like I've seen them do in scary movies. A way of acknowledging & protecting yourself.

A funny story though....over the years, there were times when my mom would shorten this phrase to just "YOU! or YEW!"....so we 'all (in my family) knew what my mom was saying/what she meant by how she said it. But there were a couple of times when I distinctly remember being around all White people. They didn't understand....my mom was talking Menominee. (Same phonetic sound with 2 completely different meanings.) A couple of them turned around with startled faces & thought she was calling out/referring to them...

Yah, so when I listened to this Brit retell these stories in this video, I said, "Yew-pee-naa" outloud & to myself!
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