Category Archives: Words

Tsé Bit’a’í

Summary:

In Navajo, tsé is the word for “rock” and bit’a’í refers to a wing. You may remember that one word for wing is at’a’. With the stem -‘í in bit’a’í, feathers are being referenced in such a way that their position can be described as extending in some “thin” fashion. Overall, this contributes to the […]

Kéyah

Summary:

The Navajo word kéyah means “land” in English. In an earlier post, I described the Four Corners area of the Southwest U.S. The Navajo and Hopi Nations are described in Navajo using the word bikéyah. Today, Navajoland is considered the largest tribal nation in the U.S., in terms of land base. It is 17,046,112.51 acres […]

Running

Summary:

Starting out Ha’a’aahjigo dighádídeeshwoł. I will run to the east K’ad dahdiishyeed. I am starting to run Hasht’e’í’ dideeshnííł yę́ę. I need to get ready It’s early. The eastern horizon still has a few twinkling stars hanging low. A faint brightening of the sky tells you it’s time to get up. And even in the […]

Starting Your Day (Scenario #1)

Summary:

For the past few weeks, I’ve been creating a 10 part course for anyone that wants to get a better grasp on the Navajo language. Some parts I made didn’t quite fit in under any of the specific topics. One tutorial section called “Starting Your Day” had ideas about waking up, making the bed, going […]

Awéé’

Summary:

Following up on Valentine’s Day, today’s word is awéé’. Awéé’ is the Navajo word for “baby”. She’awéé’ means “my baby” and awéé’ yázhí means “little baby”. Although most Navajo babies are born like every other baby, they typically weren’t given names until they have their first laugh. Names for babies describe the qualities parents want […]