Native American Lit Book Club: Ceremony

Whitty Books

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First published in 1977, CEREMONY is one of the most important texts in what is now known as the Native American Literary renaissance of the late 1960s and 1970s and is arguably one of the best books of the twentieth century. Centering on a WW2 veteran's experience with PTSD and his journey of healing and homecoming, scholars point toward CEREMONY as typical of the "homing plot" that has been foundational to Native fiction. If K-12 schools include Native literature at all in their curricula, CEREMONY is usually the go-to pick (along with Alexie's YA writing). And yet, this novel is not without controversy. Some writers have questioned whether Silko overstepped in writing about ceremonial activities, knowledge of which is not shared outside of the Laguna Pueblo. Still others push back against the rendering of reservation homelands as perhaps overly sentimental.

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