Hunt songs, or taron­way, are often used to accom­pa­ny rights of pas­sa­ge, inclu­ding a pre­cur­sor to the moment when a Na’vi first bonds with his or her bans­hee. They are sung by adults who have com­ple­ted Ikni­ma­ya. They may be sung in uni­son, but more often are chan­ted breathlessly. 

Taron­way lyrics focus on hun­ting acti­vi­ties, extol­ling the strength of both hun­ter and hun­ted, pray­ing for wort­hi­ness of the hun­ter, spea­king to the spi­rits of the forest crea­tures, etc. The­se may be sung in many con­texts: befo­re or during a hunt, pri­or to batt­le with exter­nal for­ces, and during social events. All taron­way have a strong pul­sa­ting rhythm. Howe­ver, one inte­res­ting aspect of Na’vi music is that, in cer­tain cases, the same song lyrics may be per­for­med in dif­fe­rent styles, depen­ding on the spe­ci­fic con­text in which they are used.

Many of the songs for puber­ty ritu­als and hun­ting are per­for­med as non-melo­dic group chan­ting in a very force­ful, rhyth­mic grun­ting style. In this style, the glot­tal stops and ejec­ti­ve con­so­nants inherent in the Na’vi lan­guage are empha­si­zed. (See lyrics below). It is belie­ved that this chan­ting or grun­ting style is the oldest extant Na’vi expres­si­ve style, becau­se of the way that the song style incor­po­ra­tes and empha­si­zes the­se lin­gu­is­tic elements.


Here is a typi­cal examp­le of hunt song lyrics, which often dis­play gre­at respect for the poten­ti­al prey:

Terìran ayoe ayngane,


Rerol ayoe ayngane,

Ha ftxey,

’Awpot set fkxey ayn­gal a l(u) ayngakip,

’Awpot a Na’viru yomtìyìng.

Cho­rus (repeated)

Oeyä swi­zaw nìn­gay tivakuk,

Oeyä tukrul txe’lanit tivakuk,

Oeri tìn­gay­ìl txe’lanit tivakuk,

Oeyä txe’lan livu ngay.

Lu nga win sì txur,

Lu nga txantslusam,

Livu win sì txur oe zene,

Ha n(ì)’aw,

Pxan livu txo nì’aw oe ngari,

Tsa­krr nga Na’viru yomtìyìng.

We are wal­king to you,


We are sin­ging to you,

So choo­se,

Choo­se one now among you,

One who will feed the People.

Cho­rus (repeated)

Let my arrow strike true,

Let my spe­ar strike the heart,

Let the truth strike my heart,

Let my heart be true.

You are fast and strong,

You are wise,

Fast and strong, I must be,

So only,

Only if I am worthy of you,

Will you then feed the People.


Songs sung during pre-hunt ritu­als are chan­ted, accom­pa­nied by nume­rous dif­fe­rent sizes of sturm­beest gongs. When used as social dance songs, they are sung in uni­son, accom­pa­nied by various drums, inclu­ding pole drums. Unli­ke domestic music, here the vocal ran­ge is typi­cal­ly limi­ted to an octa­ve and a half (in Earth terminology).