Slow Talking Diné

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The Navajo (Diné) tribe is comprised of more than forty family lineages, or clans, that claim common ancestry. While various other clan names Hillerman mentions in his novels do correspond to actual, existing Navajo lineages, there are not records showing that the Slow Talking Dine is a real one. Hillerman might have invented the name in order to provide a fictional background to the fictional character of Jim Chee, who is, in the novels, a member of the Slow Talking clan.

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