Category Archives: Words

Tł’ízí

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The Navajo word tł’ízí refers to a goat in English. In addition to sheep, some Navajo people keep goats. Goats are more inquisitive and daring than sheep, and also sometimes more aggressive. They have mustaches. There is a Navajo clan that is called Tł’ízí łání (like Kinłání), which means “Many Goats”. ‘Manygoats’ is a surname […]

Lók’eeshchąą’í

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Few people have the honor of being called Lók’eeshchąą’í, which includes this author. When a family grows and the children are numerable, there is a distinct term for the youngest child. While all newborns can be called awéé’ – the Navajo word for the baby – only one gets to keep that title in the […]

Beeldléí

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Here’s something you’re likely to use everyday: a blanket. These can be the more common blankets that you may buy in a store, like a comforter or quilt (but they also have the word golchóón to describe thicker blankets). The more traditional type of blanket, usually woven, is called diyogí (or diyógí). Some people have […]

Kin Ya’áanii

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In Navajo tradition, it is accepted that the clan system began with four primary clans. One of these clans is Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter water), which we briefly discussed in an earlier post. Kin Ya’áanii is another of these clans. Notice Kin (from Kinłání), meaning ‘house’. The latter part of the clan is something like “that which […]

Wááshindoon Aląąjį’ Dahsidáhígíí

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The Navajo word aląąjį’ (also, alą́ąjį’) is literally “ahead” or “in front” as in “up in front.” Wááshindoon is one word you’ve seen before (wáshindoon), and if you haven’t, you can probably guess that it means Washington. The last word can be broken down like this: dah + sidá(h) + ígíí. Dah, same one from […]