In addition to Native American humor drawings, I'm also doing some sketches for a tribute we are working on for August.
More In-din Humor
One of the little known aspects of Native American Humor is that they hold a candle to no one. Do not feel sorry for them. They have a wicked sense of humor.
“You know you’re just somehow to me.”
—An Apache putdown, utilizing their unique syntax (told to me by the late Pastor Guenther of Whiteriver fame who was fluent in Apache).
I checked with a friend who is a White Mountain Apache, and a school teacher. He explained it like ths: "In the Apache language, sometimes there is no word for a particular feeling, and sometimes describing the feeling is difficult as to the... limitation of the vocabulary of the Apache people, so it is much easier to say, 'somehow' In Apache (how-shi-un-shteh) that is simpler to say than trying to describe it, sometimes describing it is almost impossible for those who are in the younger generation as their Apache vocabulary is limited. So, in the phrase, 'you know you're just somehow to me.' the best way to describe it is, YOU ARE TREATING ME DIFFERENT FROM HOW YOU NORMALLY TREAT ME, AND I DON'T LIKE IT."
In that vein, here's a Native American comedian, who appeared on the old Richard Pryor Show:
Thanks to Gay Mathis for sending me these gems.
Native Words to Live By