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Who are the main characters in Dance Hall of the Dead?

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The Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman is set mainly on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. The characters in the novel reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region and the interactions between different Native American tribes and the white culture surrounding the reservation.

Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is the protagonist of the novel. Himself a member of the Navajo tribe, he has been educated at Arizona State University and balances Navajo tradition with Anglo cultures and knowledge. He is investigating the disappearance of George Bowlegs.

George Bowlegs is a Navajo boy interested in Zuni spiritual practices. He is murdered by Dr. Chester Reynolds.

Dr. Chester Reynolds is the main antagonist of the novel. He is falsifying his...

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