Before You Read. “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” by Leslie Marmon Silko. Born About Silko. “I was fortunate to be reared by my great-grandmother and. Silko, Leslie Marmon. Genre. Short Story. Overview. Published in , “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” depicts the story of an old man who is found dead in a. Leon: Grandson of Teofilo, brother-in-law of Ken, round character; Ken: Grandson of Teofilo, brother-in-law of Leon, flat character; Father Paul.

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Walter, appointed government teacher inmarried the daughter of the chief of lesliie Kurena-Shikani medicine men. Death is not an end, but part of a cycle wherein the spirit departs to return in time with rainstorms.

After reconsideration the priest, still confused about his role the ceremony, changes his mind and sprinkles the grave with the holy water:. The spirit returns to its source and returns bringing rain clouds to the community, staving off drought.

The rituals in the story underscore the Pueblo concept of death. One siloo of this is the following passage: As he finishes painting the dead face of Teofilo, Leon is not sad; instead he smiles and offers the conventional Pueblo prayer asking the dead man to send rain clouds.

The stories lived on in her memory, and in later years she drew heavily upon her heritage in her writings.

These tasks are ordinarily performed by the village Shaman religious priestwhile corn meal is offered to the wind and water is sprinkled on the grave so go the spirit has nourishment on its journey to the other world. Furthermore, as an objective writer, she does not take sides, but gives a balanced, sensitive presentation of the characters. Although it is not strictly a Christian burial, the dead man receives the blessings of both traditional and Christian cultures. Only when this is done is one prepared to deal with the problems of the present.

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Inwhen the ,armon swore allegiance to the king of Spain, Catholic missionaries arrived to convert Native Americans to Catholicism. The fact that he is able to persuade the priest to sprinkle holy water at the grave site with a few well-chosen words—without argument—reveal his character. Irony is a literary silmo used to convey meaning to a phrase quite different than—in fact, often.

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To the Pueblo, death is not the end of existence, but part of a cycle in which the spirit of the deceased returns to its source and then helps the community of the living by returning with rain clouds for the nourishment of the earth.

In accordance with Keres tradition, Old Teofilo, even in death, is still a valued member of the community, for the people are looking to him to send them big thunderclouds. Even when Christianity was introduced, it was incorporated into older Pueblo rites. The narrator makes several references to the Indian burial ceremony and the history of the Pueblo people.

But an understanding of the Pueblo burial customs gives an added dimension to an understanding of the story. It was an opening up worldwide.

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The sun was approaching the long mesa where it disappeared during the winter. A Native American living on a reservation in New Mexico, he was fiercely independent. Teofilo was old and well respected, as evidenced by the affection shown him by Leon and his family. In her depiction of the Pueblos she makes us feel what David B. Ironically, the young priest is trapped by the Indians into taking part in their ceremony.


Time in its historical dimension is unimportant as it is an endlessly repeating cycle in which man is but a minute part mwn the cycle.

Although Christianity was forced on them, the Indians continued to observe their traditional religious practices. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. The way it changed was that there began to be stories about my greatgrandfather, positive stories about what he did with the Laguna scouts for the Apaches. In fact, understanding her re-vision and reinterpretation of personal and tribal memory leads us past the easy impulse to call Storyteller a collage, a family album, or pastiche, on into a conception of its unity and significance as a literary work.

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

He adhered to both the new and old ways: But after the white people came, elements in this world began to shift; and it became necessary to create new ceremonies. This is exemplified in the senf of the story in which Father Paul is depicted as bewildered by the incorporation of Catholic ritual in an Indian ceremony.

sliko He manages to integrate American Indian ways and Christian ways; he is a Christian who still respects his roots and cultural heritage. Silko captures the landscape very effectively in her narrative.