Naaltsoos Ayiilaa

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From Navajo naaltsoos ‎(book) + áyiilaa ‎(he made it). The name is due to a misunderstanding where the Navajo phrase for "a book written by" was interpreted as an author’s name.[1] The books’ covers bear the words Brian Wildsmith Naaltsoos Áyiilaa, meaning "a book by Brian Wildsmith."

Proper noun[edit]

Naaltsoos Ayiilaa

  1. A person’s name.

Usage notes[edit]

This name is a nonexistent person, presumably Navajo, listed in several book catalogs as the co-author for the Navajo editions of children’s books by Brian Wildsmith.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Young, Robert W & William Morgan, Sr. The Navajo Language. A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary. University of New Mexico Press. Albuquerque, NM: 1987.
  2. ^ Worldcat listing for Ayiilaa, Naaltsoos. Accessed 2011-12-30.
  3. ^ Barnes & Noble. Accessed 2011-12-30.
  4. ^ Alibris listing. Accessed 2011-12-30