Friday, February 18, 2011

Quote Of The Day

"Ik aa'ye iidenka ashii nadndaal. ei nanlwogo aniile shiiyii'ii."

(Run to the mountain and back. It will make you strong my son.) --Apache exhortation to a young warrior.

Amusingly (from the same link):

"How do you pronounce the word "Apache"? What does it mean?

"It's pronounced 'uh-PAH-chee.' It means 'enemy' in the language of their Zuni neighbors. The Apaches' own name for themselves was traditionally Nde or Ndee (which means 'The People'), but today most Apache people use the word 'Apache' themselves, even when they are speaking their own language.
[...]They do not call themselves 'Apaches,' but Shis-Inday, or 'Men of the Woods,' probably because their winter quarters are always located amidst the forests which grow upon the Sierras, far above the plains, and while they afford fire and shelter from the wintry blasts, enable them to observe all that passes in the vales below. Some call themselves the Eagle People also."