Glonnie – Navajo word of the Day! (for Cass)


A glonnie is one of the first words I learned in Navajo. I believe it was Zenas Bizahaloni that had me go up to a fellow Navajo teacher and say ” You are such a glonnie!” Of course, I said it to the head of the Math Department at Pinon High School and she was very straightlaced!

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She knocked me over the head and I knocked Zenas one!  Glonnie – means drunk in Navajo. Not just any drunk – a professional drunk that sat on Ocean Hill ( so named due to all the hairspray cans and bottles that littered the side creating OCEAN – Hairspray and water Not a funny thought) I digress…Pinon, Arizona – Navajo Rez!

So, late Saturday evening (Crow Rez, Lodge Grass, Montana) a Glonnie knocks on the door and asks me if I have any money. Like my hillbilly neighbor says “they figure ur white so ya got money or can get it” (Yes, it magically appears to white folk). I said “no, my wife is in Bozeman and did not leave me any!” I shut the door and go back to writing. The next morning my gas can and duh – gas are gone – stolen out of the back of the Jeep! Great, a crime of opportunity – he is white he can get more!

Monday morning a Glonnie pulls into my driveway! She is driving a red Dodge 1/2 ton and her face is red from drinking. Sitting in the passenger’s seat is an old old man passed out from a night of drinking – cowboy hat askew! She says “I’m checkin self to rehab got $20 for gas to help me get there?” To which I replied – “You are welcome to all the gas in my gas can that was stolen outa my Jeep Saturday night!” She said – ” that happens to white people?” I thought Indians only stole from other Indians here on the Rez – dats not right – what color was your gas can – I will go find it!” – I replied – “red” and I like your line on going to rehab – good one!” She smiled toothless and drove off in search of my gas can!

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I wrote this for Cass – because she loves my funny stories! I love all my old students who never cease to amaze me reading my stories and laughing and encouraging me!

And Zenas – creates some of the most beautiful beadwork – hit him up if ya need something!

Zenas Bizahaloni
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5 thoughts on “Glonnie – Navajo word of the Day! (for Cass)

  1. Cassandra Bitsoe
    5 hours ago
    Hoss, drove me to remember my mom had a friend name edison, who drove an old beige impala, 4 door, “boat-lookin-car”, something was wrong w/ his ignition & he had a bunch of rubber bands on it, I remember he had to pull @ his steering wheel to start his ride. Edison, sat shotgun & my mom used to drive, I sat in the back while they drank & reminisce, from Lone Rock to the panels in coppermine, az. Edison sang Gary Stewart songs badly. & always said “1 more time”! , as he pushed the “rwd” on the tape deck. He always gave me $ @ the store, & I used to sit by the door @ the bar waiting for them. He was a hard care alcoholic, but one of the kindest, and smartest people I knew. *end!*

  2. Haha! You do have a lot of great stories! I’m learning about a culture I knew nothing about from you… All of us white people are rich, don’t you know it?!

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