Reality consumed by realty: The ecological costs of ‘development’ in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

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Published to coincide with the quincentennial celebrations of Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of the New World, the Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko’s apocalyptic 1991 novel, Almanac of the Dead, is a harsh highly politicized indictment of 500 years of colonialism, inhumanity and genocide. Silko clearly presents a diverse range of pertinent political issues that are of crucial significance to many contemporary tribal communities within the United States. This article analyses Silko’s concern with ecological issues; with the symbiotic relationship between Native American communities and the land; with the ways in which contemporary exploitation of both Native American lands and their natural resources by the highly powerful energy multinationals are replacing the symbiotic with the parasitic; and with the potential human and ecological costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of American Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

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