2017 Yellow Woman Map


I have been looking over Leslie Silko’s essay Interior and Exterior Landscapes, looking for stories or themes that could be mapped in Tuesday’s class exercise. I have found the following 5-6 topics and am providing useful links.  Each student will choose one of these topic in class on Tuesday 25 April (first come first served) and we will collaborate on a Google My Map with each particular topic visualized in a different layer.

You should read the essay by Silko and look for themes or issues relevant to the topics you might want to examine.  References to some of these are found only on a few pages, others are scattered throughout the essay.  Be creative and imaginative. I provide some references to get you started, you should add additional materials (remember to save the links so that you can cite your sources in your map).

Good general sources:


http://www.isfoundation.com/campaign/native-american-series-laguna-land-part-their-identity  (this is about one of Silko’s grandparents) 

1) The story of the Gambler Ka’tsina stealing the rain clouds on pp 29-30.  Ka’tsina live on Mountains from which they descend to participate in ceremonies. The mountain next to Laguna Pueblo is Tzood’zil, also called Mt. Taylor by Europeans. The Primary home of the Ka’tsinas is Dook’o’slid or the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

sources: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/katsina-or-kachina-barry-walsh-on-the-spiritual-roots-of-native-american-dolls/




2) The high dark mesa 15 miles SE of Laguna Pueblo from where the Apaches ambushed Silko’s ancestors 150 years ago.  This should involve mapping the areas claimed by both Apaches and Laguna Pueblo and their historic conflicts.

Sources: http://mescaleroapachetribe.com/




3) The Laguna Pueblo migration (creation) story, which includes their emergence from a spring near the Village of Paguate and their travels to their current residence at Laguna Pueblo itself.  This case will be done by two students, one mapping Paguate and the other Mapping Laguna Pueblo and its surroundings and figuring out why Laguna rather than Paguate is the primary home of the people today. Also look at Mesilla, Dripping Springs, NM; Sedillo Grant

sources: http://www.lagunapueblo-nsn.gov/




4) The uranium deposits and the open pit Jackpile Mine that has become a major part of the Laguna Pueblo’s recent history. A key element of this story is the failure of dam that allowed thousands of gallons of waste water and mine tailings to flow down the Rio Puerco, and the impacts on the local environment. Also look at Grants, NM





5) The setting for Silko’s story Storyteller, which is set in SW Alaska in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge near the town of Bethel, involving a Yupik woman, avenging the killing of her parents.