Category Archives: Words

Nówehjí

Summary:

From the Navajo speaker’s point of view, nówehjí is a direction away from him or her. It’s like saying “further that way” or “in that direction” while pointing with your lips or an extended arm. [Note: Navajo people generally do not point with only their index finger. Instead, all fingers are extended so none are […]

Tł’óó’

Summary:

In Navajo, tł’óó’ refers to the outdoors. It’s not exactly nature-focused – as in The Great Outdoors – but more like ‘outside’. Tł’óó’ is also in contrast to saying something like “the outside lane of the highway.” It is almost always used by adding the suffix -di (which signifies “at”) to form the word tł’óo’di. […]

Tóta’

Summary:

Today’s Navajo word is tóta’, which means ‘in between water’. Tóta’ is also the name for Farmington, New Mexico because the city is situated between bodies of water to its east, south, and west. This word is made up of tó and -ta’ (as in bita’). Tó, which was our word for October 23rd, means […]

Nízhánee’

Summary:

This is a way to describe luck in Navajo. It means “You’re lucky” if used in this way. T’áá íyisíí (áyisíí) nízhánee’ is a way of saying ‘You are a really lucky person!’ – in other words, when something very good happens to someone. There are also the words shízhánee’ (I am lucky), bizhánee’ (he/she/it […]

Gah

Summary:

The word gah in navajo means rabbit. Gahtsoh, or big rabbit, refers to a jackrabbit (which is actually a hare). There are many stories about gah and mą’ii (coyote), especially when it comes to the latter hunting the former. In nearly all cases, gah continually taunts mą’ii and then proceeds to devise an escape if […]