Native American Culture In Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

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While reading Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko I was intrigued by the use of different styles and structures to convey the changes in Native American culture during the 1950’s. Seeing that I could do a task 1 paper on the part 3 topic, to “Consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received. “ and the specific aspect of, “the impact of prevailing values and beliefs.” I knew I had to use this specific format. They fit so well together. The Dakota Access Pipeline has also been the center of our news and I wanted to incorporate it into my task 1. The final stanza of the poem discusses this by saying, “They come for our water, our land, our graves, our pride. We protest with our brothers and sisters of different tribes, it will hurt us all.” By discussing conflicting and changing societal norms, and contrasting them to the Native American ideology, my poem helps all people understand why the Dakota Access Pipeline is such a sacrilegious act to the Native American people due to the misuse of water.
The use of water throughout Ceremony helps to show Tayo’s mental state and experiences. When Tayo is in WWII fighting on the islands of southeast asia, he feels flooded and overwhelmed, and when
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Both the narrative and the poem is in 3rd person voice with very illustrative words because this is the style and language of Native American poetry. Additionally, Mrs.Silko uses narrative to convey the action of the story. I recreated this as well in the short narrative above the concrete poems. In the short narrative a medicine man is telling a child and his mother the story of the Native American people. The mother was specifically chosen to be in this story because of the significance women play in the Native American culture, being a matriarchal
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