Ceremony Author:Leslie Marmon Silko Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo... more » searches for another kind of comfort and resolution.
Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremony that defeats the most virulent of afflictions—despair.« less
Ceremony puts the reader directly in Tayo's shoes in his quest for healing. A very spiritual book, revealing of Native American culture, yet mysterious at the same time. I just saw it at the National Museum of the American Indian in a new edition. I'm glad that such a classic is available to new
Ceremony is a very well written, complex story of the life of the American Indian as told by one of their own. I enjoyed it very much, even though it was challenging to me to understand all that it was about.