Category Archives: Words

Jééhkał

Summary:

The Navajo term jééhkał is a way of saying that there’s been a loss of hearing. It is used to describe both those that are hard of hearing and those that are completely deaf. Sometimes, someone that has no physical hearing impairments can be called jééhkał if they do not listen – as in take […]

Gólizhii

Summary:

In contrast to the Navajo word for the “pet that defecates (all the time; everywhere)”, or dog (łééchąą’í), is the animal that is known for urinating. That would be the skunk, gólizhii or gólízhii. Lizh is the part of the word that forms the root for the verbs “to urinate.” Attached to that word is […]

Łééchąą’í

Summary:

Also shortened to just łééchąą’, the Navajo word łééchąą’í refers to domesticated dogs. Inside this word is the separate chąą’. This is a word meaning ‘excrement, feces, poop, etc.’. This, like many other Navajo words, is intended to be an easy, yet unique, descriptor. So the entire word is saying, in not a vulgar sense, […]

Shą́ą́’tóhí

Summary:

Shonto is a Chapter of the Navajo Nation located towards the Utah border in Arizona. It’s Navajo name is shą́ą́’tóhí (sháá’tóhí, sháátóhí). The first part of the word, shą́ą́-, is similar to the particles found in the words shádí’ááh (south, in the sun’s direction, on the side of the sun – at it’s highest point) and […]

Dił

Summary:

The Navajo word dił refers blood. In earlier Navajo society, blood was not the basis for determining one’s relations among the Diné — that was the purpose of clans. Today, the Navajo tribe issues Certificates of Indian Blood that measure blood quantum of enrolled tribal members. Naturally, Navajo families are beginning to rely more upon […]