What is the Navajo word for black?
łizhiní is the word for the color black in Navajo
The word for the color black in Navajo is: łizhiní This is a a hard word for many English speakers. The first sound is in Navajo and Welsh but not in English. Put you tongue in the L position, don't use your voice and blow out on the sides of your tongue. The i is like in "bit' . The line over the vowels make them high tone. The zh is like in "pleasure".
The word Navajo is a noun, a proper noun; the name for the Navajo people of the southwestern US and the town of Navajo, NM. The word Navajo is also a proper adjective, for example Navajo language or Navajo art. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun; for example: The Navajo are known for many crafts. They make world famous silver and turquoise jewelry. (The pronoun 'they' takes the place…
The origin of the word Navajo comes from the Spanish conquistadors who, in their travels into the North American continent, used this as a curse word because the Indigenous people would steal their horses under the cover of darkness. The slang word is loosely translated as 'underminers' or 'those who cut from under'. To the strict, true-blooded Dine' the word is akin to using the 'N-word' to defame Black Americans.
Historically is has also been spelled "Navaho". That is how English speakers heard it. Navajo is the Spanish derived spelling. They got it from a Tewa word meaning "fields in the river bottoms". Navajo speakers spell the Navajo Nation :" Naabeehó Bináhásdzo". In Navajo it is: Diné bikéyah or Dinétah. Diné is the Navajo word for Navajo people.