Title

Story and Restoration in Silko’s Ceremony

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tanya Bennett

Campus

Dahlonega

Subject Area

Literature

Location

Library 3rd Floor Room 382

Start Date

31-3-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

31-3-2014 11:30 AM

Description/Abstract

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony explores the struggle of post-World War II veteran Tayo, who is born of Native American and Anglo-American descent. His biracialism, combined with trauma from the war, lead him on a journey to rediscover the self he thought he lost in the jungle, but never truly possessed. Tayo was never welcome within his family or his Laguna community, so an identity was never formed. The trauma of war further destroyed this fragile sense of identity, leaving him weakened mentally and physically. Upon his return, he discovered healing through the stories of his people and heritage. He was prescribed ceremonies, the physical reenactments of the Laguna stories, to reconnect him to his identity, his people, and the story of his heritage. Ultimately, the restoration of identity allows him to realize the unity of all people, land, and ceremonies within one communal story of humanity. By understanding this, Tayo unlocks the key to solving the disease upon the community and land in which he lives—a disease born from the chaos of war and the importance of story in preserving the health of humanity.

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Mar 31st, 10:00 AM Mar 31st, 11:30 AM

Story and Restoration in Silko’s Ceremony

Library 3rd Floor Room 382

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony explores the struggle of post-World War II veteran Tayo, who is born of Native American and Anglo-American descent. His biracialism, combined with trauma from the war, lead him on a journey to rediscover the self he thought he lost in the jungle, but never truly possessed. Tayo was never welcome within his family or his Laguna community, so an identity was never formed. The trauma of war further destroyed this fragile sense of identity, leaving him weakened mentally and physically. Upon his return, he discovered healing through the stories of his people and heritage. He was prescribed ceremonies, the physical reenactments of the Laguna stories, to reconnect him to his identity, his people, and the story of his heritage. Ultimately, the restoration of identity allows him to realize the unity of all people, land, and ceremonies within one communal story of humanity. By understanding this, Tayo unlocks the key to solving the disease upon the community and land in which he lives—a disease born from the chaos of war and the importance of story in preserving the health of humanity.