2014 Yellow Woman Map

For this exercise we will use the Classic Google Maps. A single Google Map will be created with all of the students added as collaborators. 

Students are asked to map the places that were important in the collection of writings by Leslie Marmon Silko "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American Life Today." Simon and Schuster. 1997. This book is one of the best discussions of the importance of place by a Native writer and also allows us to examine a dramatic and beautiful portion of the country from the mesa east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, extending to near grant and Gallup, New Mexico extending to norther Arizona and the various peoples that inhabit this area.

Each student is asked to locate one (or more, depending upon class size) particular location on a Google map and to provide material discussing how Silko discusses this location, or why these locations are important to Native peoples of this area.  They should also include images and a short 2-3 paragraph description of the location.

Google Maps Help

View NWVN Silko Story Map 2014 in a larger map

Map of Pueblos

List of Place names for Leslie Silko’s Interior and Exterior Landscapes

Laguna Pueblo

Paguate (natural spring): possible emergence place

Hopi: Second and Third Mesa

Zuni Pueblo

Acoma Pueblo (Sky City)

Chaco Canyon 

Mt. Taylor: The place where rainclouds gather

Rio Puerco

High Dark mesa 15 miles southeast of Laguna

Jackpile Uranium Mine

Lava Beds (Blood of the Monsters)

Grants, New Mexico

Gallup, New Mexico

San Francisco Peaks

(These last 2 are more difficult)

Giant Sandstone Boulder  (Heart of the Estrucuyo): one mile north of Old Laguna

Wide Deep Arroyo near King’s Bar: eater of cars, just outside Rez border