Native American Literature -The Pueblo 





Who are the Pueblos?
Where are the Pueblos?
Pueblo Culture
Pueblo Architecture
Pueblo Government and Businesses
Pueblo History
Pueblo Art






 [English 201: Native American Literature Homepage] [Prof. Laura Arnold] [Department of English] [American Studies] [Reed College]



The following are two autobiographical essays by Leslie Marmon Silko which are available on-line:

  1. "Fences Against Freedom," an essay
  2. "In the Combat Zone," an essay

Also, you might reference the Internet Public Library's site on Silko, which includes links to more extensive information and reviews - as well as this site that offers background on Pueblo Authors, with extensive references on Silko.


The following are some Laguna Pueblo perspectives about Uranium Mining given at the Poison Fire, Sacred Earth, The World Uranium Hearing, Salzburg 1992 :

  1. Manuel Pino, Acoma Nation, New Mexico, USA. Currently working on a Ph.D. about the effects of uranium mining on the identity of the Indian people, i.e. loss of traditional values and an increase in suicide and alcoholism. Also comments about slide show
  2. Alveno Waconda, Laguna Nation, New Mexico, USA. Former uranium miner, Statement about Uranium Mines.
  3. Gloria Lewis, Laguna Nation, New Mexico, USA. Lives close to one of the world's largest uranium mines.
  4. Suwimi Lewis, Laguna Nation, New Mexico, USA. Ten Year Old's Perspective on the Mines

The following are texts about the Pueblos which you might find interesting:

  1. Pullen, Clarence. "The Pueblo of Acoma." Harper's Weekly 34, 2 August 1890: 594-595.

Poems By Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo, cousin of Leslie Marmon Silko):

  1. Taking a Visitor to See the Ruins
  2. Dear World (discussion not text)

Poems by Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo):

  1. Canyon de Chelly
  2. A Designated National Park
  3. Final Solution: Jobs, Leaving
  4. The First Hard Core
  5. For Nanao
  6. Grants to Gallup, New Mexico
  7. Horizons and Rains
  8. Indians Sure Came in Handy
  9. It Was That Indian
  10. Long House Valley Poem
  11. Many Farms Notes
  12. My Mother and my Sisters
  13. Out to Tsaile Lake
  14. Starting at the Bottom
  15. A Story of How a Wall Stands
  16. The State's claim that it seeks in no way to deprive
  17. Time to Kill in Gallup
  18. To Change in a Good Way
  19. What I Mean




Who are the Pueblos?

Leslie Marmon Silko is a Laguna Pueblo which is a subset of the Keresans who are one of the four tribal groups of the Pueblos. You might also check out some photos of the Laguna in this image database as well.

If you would like more information, you shold visit this site that offers background information on Pueblo authors, including extensive resources on Leslie Marmon Silko.


Where are the Pueblo Peoples?

This page from the Pueblo Pottery Library gives a detailed map of the Pueblos and discusses the languages of each group. You also might check out this virtual tour of the area.

Pueblo Architecture

The above link defines and illustrates Pueblos--the dominant architecture of the Pueblo Indians. I also highly recommend the Great Kiva Web Site: this page allows you to walk around a construction of a Kiva (the religious and sacred haven of the Pueblo Indians) and provides information on the objects inside. If you would like an example of how you might use this web site to learn about Ethnohistorical Methods and Material Culture see Catherine Lavender's page on Technology and Learning. You may also want to take a photographic tour of Pueblo del Arroyo or Pueblo Bonito.

Pueblo Government and Businesses

This web page provides information on the Laguna Pueblo Tribal Government.

Pueblo History

This is a page on the history of the Pueblos with an emphasis on their relationship to the environment.

Pueblo Art

This is a page compiled by Laura of Contemporary Sioux Artists and their Work and Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Sioux Art. You must be patient with the page, as the art slows down the loading time. For more general information about American Art see the Native Tech Web Page.

  [Reed College] [Department of English] [American Studies] [Prof. Laura Arnold]