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We're seeing a good number of ladies wearing long skirts and a hat that looks kind of like a yamaka(spelling?)
Are these folks Amish, Mennonite... what? I'm too shy to ask them and don't want to offend.
Depending on exactly where you are: Mennonite, reformed Amish or Hutterite...although most of them are in Montana. Ask a neighbor or someone at the local post office. They'll know.
After a quick inquiry you may observing Idahoans of the Jewish Faith or background whichever you prefer.
Lamb is probably correct. There are several Mennonite communities and Hutterite colonies scattered on both sides of the US/Canadian border from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. Over here in ND, there are several of both and they tend to be somewhat insular, so don't be offended if they aren't chatty when you approach. Also not unusual for your local farmer's market to have a Hutterite/Mennonite family vending as well.
I grew up in a church community similar to Amish/Mennonite combination. We wore clothing that covered elbows, knees and collar bones. Ladies wore coverings varying from small ovals to full head coverings made of white small mesh type fabric. It was a private church. Could be something similar.
People really don't mind answering questions. The people who dress as you describe are Mennonites around here. I thought for years they were Amish because that is what others said.
May be conservative apostolic, numerous in my neck of the woods.
They probably aren't Jewish. The long skirts and covered elbows and collar bones are typical of observant Jews but what you described as a Kippah would not be worn by the women. They would either wear a head scarf or a wig or hat if they are covering their hair. A Kippah is a man's article to wear, although non-observant Jewish women will wear one...but then you wouldn't see them in modest clothing.