The differences between Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn are blatantly apparent throughout the book. The two characters are symbols of diverging paths that stem from a corresponding kinship. Both characters are aware of their ancestors tribal rituals in regards to dealing with death. In Chee we see the perspective of one who whole-heartedly immerses themselves in a set of cultural beliefs. "Jim Chee was a modern man built upon traditional Navajo. This was simply too much death. Too many ghosts disturbed He wanted only to be away from here. Into the cleansing heat of a sweat bath. To be surrounded by the healing, curing sounds of a Ghostway ceremonial,"( 96). In acknowledging the haunting of the "Chindi" he is able to draw substance from his Navajo roots in order to deal with it. "He squatted, singing the sweat bath songs that the Holy People had taught.. Concern for bones and Buick's vanished in the hot darkness,"( 117). His strong connection to one culture yields freedom from the haunting of death. The contrasting perspectives of Chee and Leaphorn arise from the values they base their lives on.
Leaphorn is stuck in between the values of modern-day civilization and those of unforgettable blood ties. In refuting the practicality of Navajo traditions it is easier for him to ignore them. In Jim Chee,... [continues]
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