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The traditional Navajo (Diné) homeland, located in the canyon country of the San Juan River, and marked by the mountains located at each of the four sacred directions directions as outlined in the Navajo creation story (Hesperus Peak to the north, Mount Taylor to the south, Blanca Peak to the east, and the San Francisco Peaks to the west). When the Holy People exited the previous world into this world, they entered Dinétah. In Diné, the word means "among the people."

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"Navajo Country, a few miles east of Kayenta, AZ, looking north toward Monument Valley, February 2, 2014" by John Fowler is licensed under CC BY.

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