Dawn People

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The Dawn People are Holy People (deities) of Navajo mythology. In Navajo culture, the Holy People are immortal beings who can take the form of landscape elements, animals, plants, and celestial bodies. Dawn People are a group that includes Dawn Woman, Dawn Man, and Dawn Boy. They are responsible for the creation of the dawn, a moment that has symbolic resonance for cultures around the world. In some tellings of the Navajo version, the Dawn People are associated with cardinal directions of light: Dawn Man is East, Dawn Woman is North, and Dawn Boy has affiliations with the West as he follows the Rolling Darkness as it retreats before the rising sun.

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