March 5, 1948

“When someone dies, you don’t get over it by forgetting; you get over it by remembering, and you are aware that no person is ever truly lost or gone once they have been in our life and loved us, as we have loved them.” Leslie Marmon Silko

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Leslie Marmon Silko is an American writer. A Laguna Pueblo Indian woman, she is one of the key figures in the First Wave of what literary critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance.

Of Pueblo, Mexican, European, and Cherokee ancestry, Leslie Marmon Silko identifies most with the Laguna Pueblo culture, which holds a vital belief in the universe’s interconnectedness. Silko work explores the tensions between the Southwest’s diverse communities and methods of healing. Her breakout novel, Ceremony- about a young half-Pueblo, half-white man trying tp recover from his service in World War II- attracted a major spotlight to Native American literature.

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Thirty years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power.

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