Ceremony

Tayo’s grandmother. She believes firmly in the value of following old traditional ways, and teaches Tayo the old stories and rituals as a child. Unlike Auntie, Grandmother fully accepts Tayo as a member of the Laguna Pueblo community. The novel portrays Grandmother’s loving care of Tayo as a far better response to an otherwise scandalous situation. Grandmother also is the one who first sets Tayo on his quest for healing by connecting him to Ku’oosh.

Grandmother Quotes in Ceremony

The Ceremony quotes below are all either spoken by Grandmother or refer to Grandmother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Section 2 Quotes

“You know what people will say if we ask for a medicine man to help him. Someone will say it's not right. They'll say, 'Don't do it. He's not full blood anyway."'

Related Characters: Auntie (Thelma) (speaker), Tayo, Grandmother
Page Number: 30
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Section 8 Quotes

"I guess I must be getting old," she said, "because these goings-on around Laguna don't get me excited any more." She sighed, and laid her head back on the chair. "It seems like I already heard these stories before . . . only thing is, the names sound different."

Related Characters: Grandmother (speaker)
Page Number: 242
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Grandmother Character Timeline in Ceremony

The timeline below shows where the character Grandmother appears in Ceremony. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
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...Harley’s half-hearted attempts to keep it on course. The burro reminds Tayo of his grandmother. Old Grandma stubbornly holds on to Rocky’s memory, telling everyone how Rocky promised to buy her a... (full context)
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Auntie and Old Grandma still talk about Rocky and his plans to go to college and play football, so... (full context)
Section 2
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...chair, but Auntie forces him into Rocky’s bed. Laying in Rocky’s bed makes Tayo vomit. Old Grandma comes in and Tayo blames his upset stomach on the light coming in from the... (full context)
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Old Grandma and Robert, Auntie’s husband, mostly leave Tayo alone as he recovers. Now that Josiah is... (full context)
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Old Grandma sends for Ku’oosh despite Auntie’s protests that a medicine man will reignite gossip about Tayo’s... (full context)
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...in the eyes of his teachers and coaches, Rocky ignores all the old, native ways. Old Grandma scolds Rocky for rejecting his family, but Auntie is proud that her son will redeem... (full context)
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...next hunting season. Rocky is embarrassed to think of all the rituals he knows that old Grandma and Josiah will do with the deer’s head and carcass, but Tayo appreciates the ceremonies... (full context)
Section 3
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...new brother, but Rocky was angry when Tayo showed up at their door. Josiah and Old Grandma treat Rocky and Tayo equally, but Auntie gives Rocky preferential treatment whenever no one is... (full context)
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...is parked outside of Night Swan’s apartment. Auntie is livid about the rumors, claiming that Old Grandma is scandalized by what the town is saying about Josiah. Tayo knows that Old Grandma... (full context)
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...his new girlfriend. Auntie frets about the girlfriend, but can’t reprimand her favored son. Meanwhile, old Grandma starts to notice Josiah’s infatuation with “that Mexican woman” and tells him a cautionary story... (full context)
Section 7
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...where to be found. When Robert and Tayo get the cows back to their ranch, old Grandma comments that old Betonie did some good after all. Tayo agrees, but he dreams of... (full context)
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...May. Auntie agrees as long as none of the other veterans go there to drink. Old Grandma asks Tayo to gather her more Indian tea leaves and reminds Tayo to go talk... (full context)
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...Ts’eh, plant them safely, and then return home to New Laguna with Josiah, Rocky, and old Grandma to welcome him back. Tayo runs through the cool forest, watching storm clouds gather in... (full context)
Section 8
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...but Emo is still in enough trouble that he skips town to move to California. Old Grandma , half listening to the entire story, remarks that she feels as if she has... (full context)