Navajo time

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Also referred to as "Indian time," This is a colloquial phrase that is used to indicate slowness. The phrase is based on the difference in approach to time between Western cultures and Native cultures in the U.S. Indigenous peoples did not use clocks and watches to tell time until the arrival of Europeans, and therefore organized daily activities and special events according to natural indicators such as sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, or changing seasons. This was a significantly different concept of time from the Western one, which is an arbitrary fragmentation of time into discrete and regular units. The term "Indian time" evolved as a euphemism that indicates when something or someone is "behind schedule" and not as prompt as it is expected by Western standards.

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"Timepiece, September 24, 2012" by Robert Couse-Baker.

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