Telling the time of day in Navajo

Here’s a little note: the directions Ha’a’aah and E’e’aah can be used to refer to a time of day when the sun is in their respective directions.

Ha’a’aah means East, and also is said to mean “it’s sunrise, or the sun is rising.”

E’e’aah means West, and is inversely “it’s sunset, or the sun is going down.”

For example you might hear (or say) “K’ad índa e’e’aah”. [Just now the sun is setting.] It implies that the sun setting is something that was being anticipated (looked forward to).

Noon is ałn’é’é’aah, and “it is daytime” is said oo’ááł.