Tayo’s mother and Auntie’s younger sister. After internalizing the discrimination towards Native Americans, Laura becomes an alcoholic and shames the Laguna community by sleeping with men of many different ethnicities. She gets pregnant with a white man, resulting in Tayo. She raises Tayo for four miserable, homeless years, then runs off, leaving Tayo with Auntie.
The timeline below shows where the character Little Sister (Laura) appears in Ceremony. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Grandma sends for Ku’oosh despite Auntie’s protests that a medicine man will reignite gossip about Tayo’s mother and her wild ways. When he comes, Ku’oosh sits at Tayo’s bedside and speaks to... (full context)
...native community. In fact, the Laguna Elders think Auntie should have been able to bring Little Sister back to proper life in the Laguna community, and helped Little Sister give up alcohol... (full context)