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Story from Bear Country Summary
Leslie Marmon Silko

Everything you need to understand or teach Story from Bear Country by Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Story from Bear Country Summary

Introduction

"Story from Bear Country," first published in Silko's collection of poetry and prose Storyteller in 1981, retells a Native-American myth in a simple and direct tone. Silko, an award-winning poet and novelist, grew up in New Mexico where she was raised within three strong cultures—Laguna Indian, Mexican, and white European—which influenced her strong writing voice. Borrowing from traditional Laguna "abduction myths," stories of animals seducing humans and transforming them, the poet uses vivid images throughout to guide the reader through a wilderness where bears are waiting to call people into their world. Before people know it, having wandered too far into the woods, they become "locked forever" inside themselves "dark shaggy and thick," with the poet sending "bear priests" to look for them and help them make the journey back. Silko takes on the role of "storyteller" and "trail guide," speaking directly to the reader, mixing description with...

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The Story from Bear Country Study Pack contains about 38 pages of study material in 7 products, including:

Story from Bear Country Study Guide

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