Jaa’abaní

We’d like to take the opportunity with today’s word to reach out to our supporters who are familiar with jaa’abaní. If you can be bothered, we’d appreciate it if you shared your stories of this Navajo character with us (send an email to our address: navajowotd@gmail.com). Ahéhee’!

Today’s word means “bat.” The components of the word are: ajaa‘ + abaní. Here, ajaa‘ refers to the ear. The latter part, abaní, is the word used to describe hides, leather, or buckskins.

Literally, jaa’abaní would mean something along the lines of “ears like (of) leather.”