Saturday, May 21, 2011

Silko quotes

There were a few quotes whose places I noted and now I'm going back to find them. From Leslie Silko's Ceremony.

"They are afraid, Tayo. They feel something happening, they can see something happening around them, and it scares them. Indians or Mexicans or whites -- most people are afraid of change. They think that if their children have the same color of skin, the same color of eyes, that nothing is changing ... They are fools. They blame us, the ones who look different. That way they don't have to think about what has happened inside themselves" (99-100.)

I wonder if Silko was drawing on personal experience when she wrote this. After all, she has white, Native American, and Mexican heritage.

"They only fool themselves when they think it is theirs. The deeds and papers don't mean anything. It is the people who belong to the mountain" (128.)

Ok, so I latched onto this because I totally agree.

"These goddamn Indians got to learn whose property this is!" (202)

Oh is that so?

"It seems like I already heard these stories before . . . only thing is, the names sound different" (260.)

An indication of the cyclical nature of time? History repeats itself! The same things happen time and time again, although the places and names may be different.

"Sunrise,
accept this offering,
Sunrise."

On the final page. Maybe I should go through the book and find all the mentions of sunrises and examine them the way I did dreams in my last post.

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