Exploration Of The Divergent Cultural Relationships With Land In Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

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Exploration of the Divergent Cultural Relationships with Land in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

In her novel, Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko uncovers the innumerable
contrasts of the white ranchers and the Native Americans. The natives
feel helpless as the whites spill themselves upon the contiguous
hillsides and valleys. The commanding whites steal the land which had
never before belonged to any single entity. Unable to retain their
land, the Native Americans can only continue their existence on the
allotted land, and attempt to cleave unto their heritage that is
contained in the very soil beneath the mountains. The analysis of the
white and Native American communities' respect for, effects on, and
interactions with the land allows for the exploration of their
cultural relationships with the land.

The varying degrees of respect the white inhabitants and Native
Americans have for their surroundings can be examined as one of many
factors of their relationships with the land. The whites have minimal
respect for the land; they manipulate it, tame it, in pursuit of
nothing more than monetary gain. The main character of the novel,
Tayo, explores his feelings about the whites, "The destroyers had sent
them to ruin this world, and day by day they were doing it" (204). The
whites are eating away at the valuable resources of the land and
casting the fruits of nature away, unworthy and untouched. The Native
Americans conclude the whites to be the dreadful creatures their
ancestors feared and dreaded, the creatures which would lead to the
world's inevitable destruction and downfall. The whites begin hoarding
the land, taking what could never belong to them, the trespassers, the
intruders. They harbor no connection with the land that provides for
them, nor are they aware of what may become of the land if it is
treated harshly. The whites' eyes are focused upon sales and property
lines. The sentiments of the Native Americans as the whites creep into
their cherished homeland is illustrated by the following passage, "And
it was then that the Laguna people understood that the land had been
taken, because they couldn't stop these white people from coming to
destroy the animals and the land" (186). The Natives are powerless and
incapable of preventing the destruction of the land they embrace so
intimately. They are helpless as a more powerful race demeans their
land with barbed fences and heartless hunters scourging the
countryside, "like the hunting of a mountain lion, was their idea of
sport and fun" (213). The whites give no thanks or prayer to the
mother earth when she releases the life of a creature to them; they
are seemingly unfeeling and inhuman. On page 135, Silko utilizes a
fabricated Native American tale seemingly spun during the dawn of time
to illustrate what the white people of the...

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