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Leslie Marmon Silko

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ceremony-leslie-marmon-silkoNarrator, Section 1ou don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories.Sources: Encylopaedia Britannica, Poetry Foundation, Pueblo of LagunaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Culture ClashThe advance of white American culture is a persistent reality.AdaptationTribes feel torn between modernizing and maintaining traditions.StorytellingStorytelling preserves tribal culture and heals Tayos trauma.ThemesLaguna pueblo cultural purist; raised Tayo but is ashamed of him being half-whiteAuntieSadistic, alcoholic war vet; takes out his frustrationand trauma on white people and TayoEmoModern Navajo medicine man; believes cultural traditions must adapt to surviveBetonieMixed-race WWII soldier; reconnects with his Native American culture toovercome traumaTayoMain CharactersAn acclaimed poet, essayist, and novelist, Silko explores the culture clash experienced by Native Americans in a white-dominated society. Honoring the oral traditions of her tribe, Ceremony blends poetry and traditional stories with modern prose, creating an entirely new genre.LESLIE MARMON SILKOBORN 1948AuthorSymbolizes negative effects of cultural appropriation on Native American cultureGallup CeremonyRepresents the white mans quest for power and rationalization of destructionAtomic BombSymbolize the need for Tayo and Native American culture to adapt to surviveJosiahs CattleAfter fighting in World War II and experiencing tremendous loss, Tayo returns home emotionally damaged. To heal his soul, Tayo must reconnect with his Native American heritage, understand his place in the world and the cycle of life and death, and learn to tell his story.Transformationof a Man anda CultureSYMBOLSEnglishOriginal Language1977Year PublishedLeslie Marmon SilkoAuthorCeremonyDramaNovel

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