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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.
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.
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.
Some of the other Laguna traditions include the rain dances they perform during a draught and various other ceremonies.
After returning from the war a traditional medicine man, Ku’oosh attempts to cure Tayo of his war-sickness but fails because his warrior ceremony is outdated.