Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Edward Huffstetler

Degree Award Date

Fall 1997


Leslie Marmon Silko, Traditional Native American Storytelling, Modern American Literature


English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority


My honors project will explore the significance of stories in Native American literature and culture. The project will be an expansion of a paper I wrote in Native American Literature and Culture class of the importance of stories in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony. The project will study the stories told throughout the history of Native American culture, as well as those found in more contemporary cultural forms, particularly literature. Depending on information found, I may include a comparison of the importance of literature to Western and Native American (or primitive cultures), using such storytelling forms as fairy tales and other legends.