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Cultural Recovery in Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko is a Native American from New Mexico and is currently part of the Laguna tribe. She received a MacArthur "genius" award and has been considered among the 135 most significant women writers ever. Her home state has named her a living cultural treasure. (Jaskoski, 1) Her renowned novel Ceremony follows a half-breed named Tayo through his understanding and healing procedure that he desperately needs when he returns against the horrors of the World War II. This is a procedure which takes him back into the background of his civilization. Tayo returns home when World War II ends in 1945. He feels alienated from his house and barely desires to endure any longer. He's constantly vomiting as a result of the war and his grandmother finally decides to have him meet with a medication man because the doctors and hospitals cannot seem to heal Tayo's disease. The traditional goal of the men would be to wash away evil, and at Tayo's case it's to rid him from the evil of murdering the war. Tayo goes to see a man named Betonie who conducts ceremonies and immediately Betonie's love of this property is exhibited, along with his disappointment in what's happened to the land. Tayo later learns to love the land up to Betonie "There was something about how the old guy said the word 'comfortable.' It had distinct meaning - not the comfort of big houses or rich food as well as clean roads, but the comfort of belonging together with all the land, and also the calmness of being with these hills. But the special meaning the old guy had contributed into the English word was burned off by the warmth of the sun on tin cans and broken glass, blinding reflections off the mirrors and chrome of the shattered cars...