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In the story, "The Man to Send Rain Clouds," why does the family prepare their grandfather for burial by painting his face and putting a feather in his hair?

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In “The Man to Send Rain Clouds ,” Teofilio’s family initially prepares him for burial following the traditions of their pueblo. This includes tying a feather in his hair, painting his face, wrapping his body (in this case in a red blanket), and scattering corn meal and pollen on the wind. By following the traditions of the pueblo, they honor their deceased relative and also to honor their culture. They also believe that by following the traditions...

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