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Leslie Silko

mexico indian born heritage

Writer and poet, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Born of Laguna Indian, Mexican, and Anglo-American heritage, she was raised on a Pueblo Indian Reservation, and studied at the University of Mexico (1969 BA). She became a teacher and wrote poetry, short stories, and novels, most of which draw on her Laguna heritage. The novel, Ceremony (1977), established her reputation as an important writer, and she won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant in 1981. She settled in Tucson, AZ.

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