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Flagstaff, Arizona or Durango, Colorado

kin lth-un nih

Literally: many houses.

Components: kin + łání.

The Navajo language uses kin in reference to a house or building. This is distinct from hooghan which is more in reference to a home, or dwelling. Łání approximates to many, or much. Generally, kinłání is a town.

If you say or hear Kinłánídi, this refers to a place called many houses. There are two places that share this Navajo name: Durango, Colorado and Flagstaff, Arizona. The -di suffix means approximately “at” and is sometimes followed by another word with a -gi suffix to name a specific place within the prior named location.

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