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n. Michigan & Northern Wisconsin
A native or inhabitant of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

[From UP.]
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Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, "Henny & Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure" combines all the fun elements of a kid-centered tall tale with the fantastic shenanigans of Yoopers, or denizens of the Far North.
Using an ethnographic approach, the author explores how relationships of identity, language, and place emerged since the early 20th century to shape the idea, language, and regional identity of Yoopers (MichiganAEs Upper Peninsula, or UP, dwellers), including the effects of sociocultural processes like immigration, tourism, and media representations, as well as social practices like identity, literacy, and language attitudes.
Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
The residents of the area, referred to as the "land of the Yoopers," consist heavily of Native Americans, most of them living in the reservations in that part of the country.
The Upper Peninsula is again brought vividly to life by this author who, along with fellow Yooper William Kent Krueger, seems to completely "own" this part of the United States, just below the Canadian border, in their fictional endeavors.
To read these strange signs and decipher the trail they lead down, Service must enlist the help of a wild cast of friends, colleagues and informers, many native Yoopers with ways and logic all their own.
from Wisconsin, an accidental annexation that, if made official, would please the vast majority of Yoopers, who feel a stronger cultural identification with Wisconsin anyway.
The novelty is these Yoopers, who are a special breed of people you haven't seen in movies before.
Let me say that, as an erstwhile Yooper, I am not especially fazed by the script's deer-murdering aspects, even though I do not hunt either.
Merriam-Webster defines Yooper in a simple fashion, as "a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan--used as a nickname," noting that the word originated with the abbreviation for the Upper Peninsula and that its first usage occurred in 1977.