The Navajo language uses this word in conversation to mean a copy, or a duplicate.
In addition to these meanings, it has also come to be understood as a picture of varying types, be it a drawing, painting, or a photograph. Of course, there are separate phrases which are more specific, but éé’élyaa is meant to be general if it is in reference to pictures. Being copies of actual things, they fit the usage for the word.
There are two remarkably similar words, which will be given here just for differentiation’s sake: é’élyaa and éé’ályaa, which each approximate to “a process” and “clothing was made,” respectively.
So there you have it, THREE words for you to study and memorize! Have a great Thursday!