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outer space

yah dih-lth hyi-lth

Today’s word is a general word for ‘outer space.’ If you were to break this word down the first part would be yá-, as in yá’át’ééh, which means ‘up’ or ‘sky.’ The rest of the word, diłhił, is understood to be ‘dark blue.’

This word fits into the different words that Navajo has for the atmospheres. Depending upon the context, this word can also be used to mean ‘the next world’ in both the traditional and religious sense.

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