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The Way to Rainy Mountain

By anyone's standards, Momaday's grandmother is a truly remarkable woman. With her extraordinary stock of Native American history, folklore, and mythology, she represents a living link between the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2021, 7:19 am (UTC)

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N. Scott Momaday begins The Way to Rainy Mountain with a reflection about his grandmother. She was part of the Kiowa people and lived her whole life “in the shadow of Rainy Mountain.” She knew the...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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The Way to Rainy Mountain is centered around Momaday's memories of his grandmother Aho, his reactions to her death, and his memories of her. It is clear that Aho was not only personally important...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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Digital presentations add the additional element of media to your presentation. It sounds like you need to create a presentation on a single chapter of The Way to Rainy Mountain. Here's how I would...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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Momaday has a good relationship with his grandmother, Aho. Further, the relationship is very important because it is Momaday's grandmother who connects Momaday to his heritage of the Kiowa tribe of...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 10:44 am (UTC)

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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, the story of Grandmother Spider and her adopted child is one of the Kiowa myths retold by Momaday, in the same oral tradition that the Kiowa have always passed down...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2017, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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The legend of Devil's Tower is important as it shows the deep connection that the Kiowa have to their natural surroundings. To most people outside the tribe, Devil's Tower may just look like a...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018, 7:04 am (UTC)

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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, author N. Scott Momaday presents a culture of myth, tradition, family, and history among the Kiowa people. As Native American, Kiowa, and part Cherokee, the author...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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The greatest insight Momaday gained on the pilgrimage to his grandmother's grave was how sharply the tribal identity had declined. He realizes this through reflecting on the changes that took place...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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The metaphor compares the sharp edges of dead prairie grass to the sharp edges on an anvil. A metaphor is a comparison the author makes between two unlike things in order to help you understand...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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The answer to your question is a very sad story. Momaday's own grandmother, Aho, witnessed the last Sun Dance. The answer can be found in the final part of The Way to Rainy Mountain entitled "The...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 11:12 am (UTC)

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There is a very pertinent quotation from The Way to Rainy Mountain that has to do with these "activities" you speak of at Momaday's grandmother's house. From this quotation, readers can certainly...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Momaday does indeed use a unique structure to convey the story of his grandmother Aho and to explore the history of his ancestors, the Kiowa people. The Way to Rainy Mountain is not a book that...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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In the book, Rainy Mountain is a small hill situated on the Oklahoma plains, north and west of the Wichita Range. The weather at Rainy Mountain is known to be extreme in all seasons. For example,...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016, 4:54 pm (UTC)

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At its core, The Way to Rainy Mountain serves as a way for the author to answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Where did my people come from?” He is in search of his ancestors, in search of his own...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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As part of their culture, the Kiowa have numerous legends that illustrate their powerful connection with the natural environment. One such legend is that of the seven sisters and their brother....

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Tai-me is a two-foot tall doll which is used by the Kiowa in their sun dance, an important ritual for the tribe and the centerpiece of their spiritual life. Tai-me is a symbol of the tribe's good...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018, 6:35 am (UTC)

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Each reader is likely to interpret N. Scott Momaday’s book in a different way, but one central metaphor one could look at is the grandmother. While Momaday incorporates the organizing principles of...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020, 3:03 am (UTC)

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Sometimes the image of a house can be used as a metaphor for the human body. For instance: Have you ever heard of an older person with white hair being described as having “snow on the roof?” This...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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When Momaday mentions that his grandmother, Aho, belonged to "the last culture to evolve in North America," he is referring to her heritage in the Kiowa tribe of Native Americans. There are many...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 11:35 am (UTC)

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This period was ended due to the exterminationist practices of the US Army. The Kiowa were a nomadic people, and as the US settlers sought to seize more and more land, the US cavalry worked to make...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019, 6:38 pm (UTC)

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We learn the answer to these questions in the first two paragraphs of the introduction. According to Momaday, Rainy Mountain is located in Oklahoma, to the northwest of the Wichita Range. It is a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2020, 11:14 am (UTC)

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The Kiowa myth of the Seven Sisters explains the existence of the Pleiades star cluster, which appears in the North American sky each year at the beginning of winter. The Pleiades is one of the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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The significance of the title lies in the meaning that the narrator finds on a pilgrimage as he retraces the history of his grandmother's people, the Kiowa. Author N. Scott Momaday's journey is to...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2016, 6:42 am (UTC)

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In short, the Kiowa tribe become great hunters due to the help of the Sun god and their close relationship with three animals: the horse, the dog, and the buffalo. In order to understand the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016, 11:00 am (UTC)

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This quotation comes from the Introduction of The Way to Rainy Mountain. Here, we are introduced not only to the author’s grandmother, Aho, but also to her native people, the Kiowa. The text...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018, 9:39 pm (UTC)

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It's interesting that Momaday prefaces his account of the Kiowa creation myth with the words "You know." The full sentence is "You know, everything had to begin, and this is how it was: the Kiowas...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019, 10:09 am (UTC)

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In N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain, the Kiowa are portrayed as a mysterious "tribe of hunters" who came from the mountains of western Montana and eventually came to control a broad...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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When Momaday's grandmother died, he wanted to do two things: to visit her grave and to see for himself the plains over which his Kiowa ancestors had once journeyed. It is this trip, his going home,...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2009, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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When the narrator looks at the full moon, he also sees a cricket in his line of vision. For a brief moment, it seems that the cricket is actually in the moon itself, taking up the entire space of...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 8:02 am (UTC)

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Momaday depicts his grandmother as a spiritual woman who relied heavily on her faith to get through pain and suffering. He notes that she became a Christian later in her life but always retained...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 8:43 am (UTC)

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In short, the author's tone is one of reverence towards Rainy Mountain as well as of the natural world and of the Kiowa tribe. This tone echoes throughout the entire novel. The issue with your...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016, 11:11 am (UTC)

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Although I am a bit confused as to what you mean by the word "significances," I can certainly tell you at least three things about the importance of the Sun Dance to the Kiowa tribe of Native...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016, 11:30 am (UTC)

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In The Way To Rainy Mountain, the author compares the prairie in the summer to an 'anvil's edge.' Traditionally, anvils were metal blocks used as forging tools. Today, many blacksmiths still use...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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As the title suggests, Momaday travels to these places to get back to a particular Kiowa landmark: Rainy Mountain. This is why the title of the book is The Way to Rainy Mountain. There is one...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 11:15 am (UTC)

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What you have quoted are the last five sentences of the Introduction’s first paragraph. Momaday sets the trend at once by using specific descriptive language so that readers can imagine or picture...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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For N. Scott Momaday, life is a journey with both physical and internal, personal components. Both aspects are equally significant for him as a Native American because his culture identifies...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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From the way that they respond to the end of their traditional lifestyle, we learn that the Kiowas were a proud, resilient, and courageous people. They fought to defend their heritage and way of...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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Momaday does not mean literally that the old men who visited his grandmother's house were made of "lean and leather." Instead, he is using a metaphor to create a visual image of how these older...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018, 8:34 am (UTC)

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Rainy Mountain represents many things to the Kiowa, whose tribe originated in western Montana. They were a nomadic people, and as Plains Indians, Rainy Mountain was an important location because it...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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It can be argued that Momaday is paying respect to his grandmother and to his native Kiowa culture on his visit to Rainy Mountain. In the prologue, Momaday tells us that he returned to Rainy...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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Momaday is prompted to make a personal journey—and to write this book—after his grandmother Aho passes away. She had been his own last living link to the traditional ways of the Kiowa, their...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2016, 1:14 am (UTC)

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In short, the answer to your question is in the title. The "narrator's grandmother's grave" is at the foot of Rainy Mountain. Please realize that, when the reader talks about the "narrator," the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016, 11:04 am (UTC)

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A pilgrimage is a spiritual quest, a journey to a place of that has moral or religious significance to the person who embarks on the journey. In The Way to a Rainy Mountain, Momaday embarks on a...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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Rainy Mountain is a rounded hill situated in modern-day Oklahoma. But it's so much more than that. To the Kiowa people, it's a sacred landmark, an intrinsic part of their tribal heritage. Rainy...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018, 11:29 am (UTC)

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This is a subject open to good discussion. When the author looks at the full moon, within his line of sight is a cricket, too. For a moment, it looks as if the cricket has been placed in or on the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016, 1:20 am (UTC)

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The writer means that his grandmother was born as the Kiowas were leaving behind their glory days as a relevant, powerful Indian tribe in the Southern plains. So, by the time the writer's...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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The Crow, both literally and metaphorically, is an instrumental and profound symbol to many Native American nations, including the Kiowa tribe. Crow and its natural color of black are...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 12:43 am (UTC)

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The crows are minor characters in The Way to Rainy Mountain, but they have a pivotal role in the Kiowa tribe's eventual worship of Tai-me (the strange creature that descended directly from the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016, 11:40 am (UTC)

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A great section to analyse in response to this question would be when the narrator reaches his grandmother's house towards the end of his epic trek and comments lyrically on the importance of...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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