haʼaʼaah

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ha- ‎(up, out) + ʼa- ‎(unspecified person object prefix) + -Ø- ‎(3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- ‎(classifier) + -ʼaah ‎(imperfective verb stem)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

haʼaʼaah

  1. a solid roundish object moves up

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is limited to expression in the third person.

Conjugation[edit]

IMPERFECTIVE singular
3rd person haʼaʼaah
PERFECTIVE singular
3rd person haʼííʼą́
FUTURE singular
3rd person hadiʼdooʼááł

Noun[edit]

haʼaʼaah

  1. east

Usage notes[edit]

Each of the four cardinal directions is associated with a different color. Haʼaʼaah is associated with the color white (łigaii), and is considered the first direction. The Navajo people traditionally rise before the sun to witness the dawn, which they believe prompts the creativity and free thinking that will lay the foundation for strong ideas and a better life. This is the direction of the sunrise and it is the Navajos' thinking direction (ntsáhákees), the light nurturing the mind in a way that is believed to encourage personal development. It represents the dawn, spring, corn, infancy, the mind, and thinking. It also represents the kin yaaʼáanii clan.