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Also spelled Hastiin, Hosteen is a term of respectful address in Navajo meaning man or husband. In Navajo, "First Man," from the Navajo Origin Story, is called Áłtsé Hastiin. Often, Hosteen is used before a last name, functioning in a way that is similar to the usage of Mister (Mr.) in English.

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"PFC Joe Hosteen Kelwood (Diné) of Steamboat Canyon, Ganado, Arizona; Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Nʉmʉnʉʉ) of Lawton, Oklahoma; and PFC Alex Williams (Diné) of Red Lake, Leupp, Arizona en route to Okinawa, circa 1945"

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