https://www.duolingo.com/LongHenry

body parts

according to daybreak warrior on youtube, body parts in Navajo all start with H:

Body Hats'íís or Hatah Head Hatsiists'iin Face Hanii' (vs. haníí' [waist]) Neck Hak'os Throat Hadáyi' Shoulders Hawos Arm Hagaan Elbow Hach'oozhlaa' Wrists Halátsíín Hands Hala' Chest Hajéíts'iin or Hayid Stomach Habid Trunk Hazhi' Back Hwííshgháán Buttocks Hatł'aa' Legs Hajáád Knee Hagod Ankles Hakétsíín Feet Hakee' Skin Hakágí Muscles Hadoh Bones Hats'in Hair Hatsii'.

but on this course there is no H?

what am i to understand by this? is H a prefix?

October 6, 2018

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/maiiashkii

Aoo’ H is a prefix meaning "his, her, their."

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LongHenry

thanks, that makes sense. is there any historical reason/spiritual meaning behind why all the body parts start with the same vowel sound?

October 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/maiiashkii

Interesting. A lot of nouns usually start with "a" which is a prefix meaning "somebody's, something's." Traditional medicine men believe sickness is caused by being out of balance and harmony. They probably made words with the same vowel sounds because they want everything to be connected.

October 6, 2018
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