knowing that Leslie Marmon Silko was a native american writer, and loved to hear the
stories that her people would tell when she was a little kid. I believe that this poem is a story told by her people...that
she put into a poem.
In the poem it talkes alot about turtles...I believe that it is told that the turtles
had carried their people from China to here...in the beginning of the poem it states *i traveled to the ocean distant from
my southwest land of sandrock to the moving blue water.*...i believe that is the turtles journey to the ocean. they are born
in the sand...then have a long journey to the water...to the ocean.
I think ethnocentrsm plays a roll...China believed that everything came from it...and
that it was the center of the world at that time...birthing the ocean...giving the rain...helping the people.
I believe when she is sqatting at the ocean...the ocean is like the mother...the turtles
live in the ocean they are talking to their mother. And when it is time to leave her...she gives them rocks, coral,
tourquoise and round, so that they can carry back a piece of her, so she can always be with them...her children...the