Emphasized many times, you must leave behind both the ways of and the thinking of White Man to understand any given American Indian tongue. This notion certainly applies to our concept of time. In this lesson you will learn about time, days of a week, months and seasons.
Our Chahta anumpa for "time" Aiona serves well to exemplify how quickly confusion can arise through White Man thinking. In English, we think of "time" as strictly a unit of measurement of time passage such as seconds, minutes and hours. This is not so in my native tonuge.
Aiona - Time
Challenge is both our native thinking and words far surpasse narrow minded thinking of stereotypical Anglos. Our Aiona is like all Chahta anumpa; highly subject to immediate context. This word generally means "time" or "season" within a casual everyday context. Traditionally, Aiona enjoys a context of timely as with a timely arrival or Peace is sought in a timely fashion. Aiona may also refer to a passage place which provides for timely arrival or timely departure. This might be a pass through mountains or a shallow area to ford a river. Context is more than simply "time" as known by white folks.
Aionasha - A place to sit, a chair, a bench, a stump often used for sitting upon.
Easy enough to see aiona is a root word for a place to sit. This relates to timely. You have traveled far, have been on an owa - long hunting expedition. Aiona is a most welcome sight, a timely place to rest your sore and weary iyi beka - bare feet. A timely passage place, a timely seat to rest upon or simply ordinary time you must keep in mind our native words allow for concepts and contexual meanings which far exceed equal English words.
Apisa Tuchina - Lesson Three - introduces you to seasons, months, days of a week and time of day. Click NEXT below to enjoy a traditional adventure in time!