Language and literature from a pueblo indian perspective summary

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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution. Tayos quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremony that defeats the most virulent of afflictions—despair.
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Leslie Marmon Silko at the NYS Writers Institute in 2007

" the structure of Pueblo expression resembles something like a spider's web - with many little threads radiating from a center, crisscrossing.
Leslie Marmon Silko

Language And Literature From A Pueblo Indian Perspective

The work offers the reader a diverse range in the quality of thought, substance, and polish. As she, herself, notes: "As a child, I loved to draw and cut paper and paste things together. Although subtitled Essays on Native American Life Today , the book is less a discussion of pan-Indian concerns than it is a reflection on Leslie Marmon Silko's processes as a writer, her need to have outsiders understand the close-knit family ties and storytelling culture of the Pueblo people, and her growing political activism. Sprinkled throughout the essays are anecdotes relating to the creation of four of her works: Laguna Woman, Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, and Sacred Water. Core to these stories is Silko's need to come to grips with a mixed-blood identity which has sometimes isolated her in Pueblo as well as non-Native eyes. But she also speaks with gratitude about teaching in Chinle, Arizona, among warmhearted good people and of the magnificent Anasazi ruins which inspired Ceremony. Her references and drawings of the Giant Serpent, Ma ah shra true ee , help us understand how internal symbolism, visual artistic creation, and a surrender to the imaginative process were essential to the ten year evolution of Almanac of the Dead.

born March 5, in Albuquerque, NM; of Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and EuroAmerican heritage; raised on the Laguna Indian Reservation in.
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