The Yahgan term wvshta:gu:, referring to making, doing, working of any
kind, has always been for me of interest in terms of its possible
Yesterday it hit me that perhaps it contains the term si:hr, possessed
si:tun, which means tools, things, possessions, etc.
In a good number of instances, Yahgan s and sh are ambiguously
rendered by Bridges when they come before high front vowels
(si:kan/shi:kan for lower front leg, or in his earlier writings
syu:an/shyu:an (or siu:an) demonstrative).
Thus the -sht- might conceivably be a reduction of si:t-. The
connection with tools and working is obvious, things and general
doing/making perhaps less so. What wv- and -a:gu: might be is also
speculative- the latter might be relatable to -a:gu: 'one's own' or
'for self', and the wv- might relate to u:- voice 'permit/let/cause'
or u:a- relating to 'masculine' stereotyped activity found in many terms.