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Leslie Marmon Silko

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Section Summary
Preface In the Preface, Leslie Marmon Silko describes her writing process during the creation of Ceremony. Depressed and homesic... Read More
Section 1 (Battle Wounds) Ceremony opens with three Native American poems about the "Thought Woman" who invents the story the reader is about to r... Read More
Section 2 (Family Stories) When Tayo comes home from the war, Auntie picks him up from the train station. She brings him home and cares for him, ev... Read More
Section 3 (The Attack) Harvey and Tayo arrive at the bar on their donkeys. Tayo drinks his beer slowly, feeling the memories churn inside him. ... Read More
Section 4 (Josiah's Plan) The narration flashes back to when Rocky and Tayo joined the army. The recruiter comes to the reservation hoping to spea... Read More
Section 5 (Night Swan) Before the war, Tayo tries to perform the ancient rain dance ceremony to dispel the drought. Because no one has taught h... Read More
Section 6 (Modern Medicine) The new medicine man, Betonie, lives in a shack near the Gallup ceremony grounds. When he and Tayo first meet, they disc... Read More
Section 7 (Helen Jean) Tayo hitchhikes away from Betonie's after the scalp ceremony is complete. He stops at a truck stop to buy some candy and... Read More
Section 8 (Floyd Lee's Ranch) Tayo sets out in search of Josiah's lost cattle, because "there were transitions that had to be made in order to become ... Read More
Section 9 (Summer With Ts'eh) Robert and Tayo return to pick up the cattle. Ts'eh's hut is empty, but the cattle have clearly been well cared for. Bac... Read More
Section 10 (Final Ceremony) Running through the woods looking for somewhere to take cover, Tayo stumbles across the uranium pit where the first atom... Read More
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