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In Navajo social interactions, as well as in those of many other Native American cultures, "uncle" is a title of respect used to address an older male, regardless of actual familial connection. The familial term connotes the intimacy of a social group in which all members are believed to be connected, as well as the respect that is given to older generations.

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"Group of two Navajo men and a Navajo boy, unidentified," photograph, William A. Keleher Collection (000-742-0361.tif). Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

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