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Leslie Marmon Silko, born in 1948, was raised in the Laguna Pueblo fifty miles west of Albuquerque.

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Leslie Marmon Silko, born in 1948, was raised in the Laguna Pueblo fifty miles west of Albuquerque. Her heritage was mixed; white, Mexican, and Native American. In an interview by Kathyrun Shanley, published in 'The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology', Silko said, "I grew up at Laguna Pueblo, I am of mixed breed ancestry, but what I know is Laguna. This place I am from is everything I am as a writer and a human being." As a child she grew up with her great grand mother, Maria Anaya. It was Maria Anaya who played such an influential role in Silko's life of storytelling and writing. The home Silko grew up in was one of the Marmon houses on the fringes of the Laguna Pueblo. ...read more.


In 1977 Silko published her first novel, Ceremony. Ceremony explains how vital storytelling is to the Pueblo culture and how White culture has made many attempts to destroy these stories as well as their ceremonies. Silko's second major novel, Storyteller was published in 1981. It explains the stories about her own family in her Native-American tradition through poetry and prose. Almanac of the Dead, published in 1991 is Silko's most talked about novel. As one critic wrote, 'this book was written to be discussed.' In this book Silko deals with many issues related to American Indians. The tone of this book is darker than her other works and the characters are more complicated and angry. In 1999 she published her third novel Gardens in the Dunes. ...read more.


Sleep, sleep. We are together always We are together always There never was a time when this was not so. Ayah's suffering adds special significance to the song's words, which are appropriate both for the world view they bespeak and for the consolation they provide. Shanley describes Silko best when she says, "Silko will continue to stand as a visionary, who fought to move us all toward a more compassionate view of the interrelatedness of all things." How do class status and ethnicity impact the decisions of the characters in the texts we have read so far? Research the class background of the characters from at least two texts to gain insight intp the decisions they come to make. Possibilities: What can researching the plight of the Navajo help you understand about Ayah's character in Silko's 'Lullaby". What was the world of harlem like for sonny and his brother?how might this have affected their relationship or the decisions they make in Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues"? ...read more.

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