About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko was born on March 5, 1948, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raised on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in northern New Mexico, Silko’s cultural […]


“Lullaby” is one of the most noted pieces in Storyteller. It is told from the perspective of an old woman reminiscing about some of the […]


“Lullaby” first appeared in Storyteller (1981), a book in which Silko interweaves autobiographical reminiscences, short stories, poetry, photographs of her family (taken by her father) […]

Themes and Characters

The role of storytelling in Native American culture is a theme central to all of Silko’s work. “Lullaby” appears in a collection that is especially […]

Literary Qualities

“Lullaby” is told from the third-person-restricted point of view. That means that, although the narrator is not a character in the story, the perspective of […]

Social Sensitivity

Silko was part of a new generation of Native American writers who emerged in the 1970s in what has been termed the Native American Renaissance […]