Through October we read Leslie Marmon Silko’s Yellow Woman (Native American — Laguna Pueblo — 1997): a text with an essay that I have taught before in an undergraduate world literature course, and look forward to revisiting, especially as a whole work.
Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko’s essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrage over the government’s long-standing, racist treatment of Native Americans, Silko does so with eloquence and power, born from her profound devotion to all that is Native American.
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit is written with the fire of necessity. Silko’s call to be heard is unmistakable; there are stories to remember, injustices to redress, ways of life to preserve. It is a work of major importance, filled with indispensable truths–a work by an author with an original voice and a unique access to both worlds.
I look forward to hearing about your experience reading Silko’s text! Feel free to let us know your thoughts in our Discussion Forum!