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path, trail, road

uh tyeen

The Navajo word atiin refers to a path, such as a trail or road.

This word can also be expressed as bitiin, which means “its road (or path, or trail). This is the case when you’re speaking of an animal’s trail, or even a railroad (the road for trains).

Let’s say you want to tell your friend, Tim, that the road to Flagstaff is good:

Tim, Kinłánígóó atiin yá’áhoot’ééh.

Notice the -gó particle that we demonstrated earlier to reference the direction of Flagstaff. Also notice the variation of the word yá’át’ééh, which uses the -ho particle in reference to a physical area or spacial description.

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