Bless Me, Ultima

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Artist: Rudolfo Anaya

Year: 2013

Date of Action: December 2013

Region: North America

Location: Driggs, Idaho

Subject: Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Teton County School District

Description of Artwork: Bless Me, Ultima is an award-winning, best-selling novel by one of the recognized founders of Chicano literature. It is a coming of age story for a young boy and his mentor, Ultima. The novel focuses on the young boy's spiritual transformation amidst cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest during World War II.

The Incident: Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme attempted to ban the book due to its profanity and sexual content.

Results of Incident: NCAC wrote a letter to the school district and shortly thereafter the ban was revoked.

Source: http://www.tetonvalleynews.net/bless-me-ultima-reinstated-at-board-meeting/youtube_bc19cd0a-6382-11e3-b291-001a4bcf887a.html