Saturday, March 24, 2012

About the Navajo Huts or Hogan

About the Navajo Hut or Hogan

A Navajo hogan, or hut, is a beehive-shaped or conical structure  of sticks and turf or earth, sometimes even of stones-474- chinked with mud. Yet its modern Zuñi name ishám' pon ne, from ha we, dried brush, sprigs or leaves; and pó an ne, covering, shelter or roof (po a to place over and ne the nominal suffix); which, interpreted, signifies a "brush or leaf shelter." This leads to the inference that the temporary shelter with which the Zuñis were acquainted when they formulated the name here given, presumably in their earliest condition, was in shape like the Navajo hogan, but in material, of brush or like perishable substance.
The archaic name for a building or walled inclosure is hé sho ta, a contraction of the now obsolete term, hé sho ta pon ne, from hé sho, gum, or resin-like; shó tai e, leaned or placed together convergingly; and tá po an ne, a roof of wood or a roof supported by wood.