Purely speculative: but I wonder if the daily lifestyle of a lumberjack, which was largely built around routine, rhythmic work and minimized social interaction (spending months in the woods at a time), coupled with shy tendencies to begin with (lots of lumber camps were completely male and had French/English language barriers = minimal small talk with coworkers), could've resulted in those kinds of reactions. I know that for me, it's easy to fall into a "trance" while doing manual labor for hours at a time, so I'd be curious if the amount of time they spent in that trance could've dampened their...social skills? Social reaction mechanisms? I don't know. Either way, pretty interesting. I'll have to search for some more references!
Nobody's proposed the theory that the non-jumping lumberjacks just got hit by trees?
Yea, awareness and reflexes around trees are very necessary.
Makes sense, if you're a lumberjack
This would be interesting to understand and see if it bears causal or mechanistic relation to the similar disorders from the article.
Very odd coincidence.
The song is Jumping Frenchmen of Maine by El Ten Eleven. The band is only two people, a drummer and a bassist with a loop pedal, worth watching on youtube: https://youtu.be/F-J9pXAt8Rc
Was in a situation were saying “no” came with severe consequences.
At a certain point you mentally shut down and do what your told no matter what. Logic / morality is not part of it.
Stress from it comes out in odd ways, verbal / physical ticks, etc.
I wonder if he saw a real Latah in a real world, or just read about them and his brain digested that knowledge together with some drugs.
There's so much potential if another community like this could be found.