We’re opening up a can of worms with today’s Navajo word, ch’osh.
That is to say, ch’osh is a broad Navajo term that translates roughly to ‘bug(s)’ including worms.
This includes those creepy crawlies that seem to get under people’s skin.
Traditionally, however, Navajos teach that they are part of the family and deserve respect. It is not the mark of leadership to abuse those who may be smaller, and this extends all the way to ch’osh and the like.
An established symbiosis between man and his relatives is key to living a good life in the Navajo way — it is an indication of a balance of the mind.