Dąą

It is Spring! For the northern hemisphere, technically, Spring is underway. However, in the Navajo sense of the word, Spring doesn’t quite begin until the Winter storms have subsided and new growth starts becoming widespread.

In some places, you may also hear daan, or dąąn, or maybe da’an. It’s hard to pin down exactly where this word comes from, but it may be connected to the group of phrases that refer to the early phase of growth or fertility. This season is often not noted widely among many Navajo because it may be considered part of summer (three seasons vs. four seasons).