Category Archives: Words

Naa’ahóóhai

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The word naa’ahóóhai translates to chicken. “Naa’ahóóhai séłt’é” is how you would say “I cooked chicken.” This word is also used to describe other fowl, for example “naa’ahóóhaiłbáhí” or ‘gray chicken’ means partridge. Another usage for this word is rodeo. Chicken pulls, in which a horseback rider races by a buried chicken and attempts to snatch […]

Nila

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This is a Navajo saying that means “it’s up to you” or “you decide what will happen/be done”. “You decide if you’ll learn.” “You decide how long to water the grass.” etc. Generally, this is a way of way of making someone responsible for their own actions, and is a prevalent feature in a family […]

Jooł yikalí

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This past weekend there was a football game at the Beyoncé concert. And we know the word for a game of football: Jooł yitalí – kicking of a ball with the foot Which was played in a stadium: bii’nda’a’néhé – within it you play But the electricity went out: atsiniltł’ish neeztsiz – electricity it turned […]

Atsá Biyáázh

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The great thing about today’s word is that we’ve covered these terms before! Remember the word yázhí – or “little one”/”son”/”young”? As we explained in that post, another acceptable form of the word is yáázh. Couple that with the possessive identifier bi-, and you get biyáázh meaning “her little one(s)”. It may be confusing at […]

Tádiin (30-40)

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Tádiin is the Navajo word for the number 30. (Not to be confused with tádídíín/tadidiin, which is cornpollen.) When you get to 30, you’ll start using dóó ba’aan to construct your numbers. Dóó ba’aan used with numbers means “and then” as in 30 and then 4 (34). We touched a little on this in our post […]