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Yellow Woman Summary
Leslie Marmon Silko

Everything you need to understand or teach Yellow Woman by Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Yellow Woman Summary

Introduction

First published in 1974 in Kenneth Rosen's anthology, The Man to Send Rain Clouds: Contemporary Stories By American Indians, "Yellow Woman" has subsequently appeared in Leslie Marmon Silko's 1981 work, Storyteller, a collection of poems, stories and photographs. "Yellow Woman" tells the story of a young Laguna Pueblo woman who temporarily goes off with a strange man she meets on a walk along the river. The woman is swept up in the traditional Keresan myth of Kochininako, the Yellow Woman, who left her tribe and family to wander for years with the powerful ka'tsina, or spirit, Whirlwind Man. The story features a compelling blurring of the boundaries between myth and everyday experience, between contemporary Native American life and ancient myths.

In Kenneth Rosen's anthology, The Man to Send Rain Clouds, "Yellow Woman" was published to stand alone. In Storyteller, Silko surrounds "Yellow Women" with additional poems and stories that further elucidate...

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