In the novel Rocky and Tayo are out hunting and after they have killed the animal Tayo approaches the deer remembering that he always dreamt of petting a deer, so he “knelt and touched the nose…it was still warm…he knew it would not last” (50).Tayo appreciated this deer and how it unwillingly sacrificed itself in order to be food.On the other hand, Rocky did not believe in or follow the Laguna traditions.
When Rocky and Tayo’s uncles, Josiah and Robert approached the boys beside the deer, they removed the jacket and sprinkled cornmeal on the nose.
The cornmeal was to feed the deer’s soul and that way other deer would continue to die for them each year, “they had to show their love and respect, [and] their appreciation” (53).
Created for a school project in Native American Literature. by Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra & Kuehn's Mixed Choir.
The words are from a poem called Ceremony in the novel.
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The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing.Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation.He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people.In the novel, Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko writes about an Indian veteran and his struggle to deal with the stresses of war.Early in the novel Silko reveals some of the rituals that the Laguna Indians perform.One of these traditions is the ritual they go through after they have hunted in order to show their appreciation for the animal, in this case a deer.