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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, what was the most important insight Momaday gained about his heritage during his...

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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Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain incorporates many different styles and narrative devices. Discuss them.

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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Explain Momaday's relationship with his grandmother.

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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What two natural phenomena are explained by the Kiowa legend about the seven sisters and their brother in The Way to...

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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In "The Way to Rainy Mountain," what significance does Momaday's grandmother have for him, and what does she represent?

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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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, where is Rainy Mountain, and why does Momaday return there?

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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What is the thesis or main idea of The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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Momaday says that the Kiowas believed they "entered the world through a hollow log." Explain what this phrase means.

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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What is the most important metaphor in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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Where is Rainy Mountain?  Why does Momaday return there?

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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What does the metaphor "in the Summer the prairie is an anvil's edge" mean in "The Way to Rainy Mountain?"

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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In paragraph 14 of the Introduction, what does the cricket refer to? 

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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In The Way To Rainy Mountain, in what ways do the activities at Momaday's grandma's house connect to a vanishing way...

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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What happened at the last Kiowa Sun Dance that changed Kiowa culture?

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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What is the importance of Rainy Mountain?

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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What two things might the houses described in The Way to Rainy Mountain symbolize?

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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Why does Momaday travel to Yellowstone, the Rockies, and Black Hill?

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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Why is the legend of Devil's Tower important to the Kiowa tribe in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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What tone does the imagery in the first paragraph convey?

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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What does the Kiowa story about the seven sisters and their brother explain?

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 structure of N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain is unique. Discuss your feelings about the structure —...

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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How does Momaday use adjectives and descriptive phrases to show profound respect for Rainy Mountain? Great green...

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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What are your impressions of Momaday's grandmother Aho?

Because this is a personal question, it is important that you add your own impressions; however, I am certainly willing to let you know my own impressions of Momaday's grandmother, Aho. My...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 11:49 am UTC

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What do you think Momaday means when he calls the Kiowa migration "a journey toward the dawn" in The Way to Rainy...

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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In The Way To Rainy Mountain, what does the author compare the prairie in the summer to?

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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What Kiowa traditional beliefs were part of the grandmother's life?    

Momaday states that, although his grandmother became a Christian later in life, she never forgot her Kiowa heritage. He reports that his grandmother retained her faith in the sacred nature of the...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 3:03 pm UTC

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Why is Tai-me important to the Kiowa?

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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What do you learn about the Kiowa people from the way that they respond to the end of their traditional lifestyle?

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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The author refers to a time when the Kiowa were living "their last great moments in history." What happened to end...

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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In "The Way to Rainy Mountain," what does the narrator mean when he talks about the crickets and the moon?

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 states that his grandmother belonged to the "last culture to evolve in North America." What does she mean?

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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What are three of the significances of the Sun Dance in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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," how was Momaday's trip symbolic?

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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Why does Momaday want to visit Yellowstone, the Rockies and the Black Hills?

The Way to Rainy Mountain is N. Scott Momaday's reflection on Native American culture, particularly that of his Kiowa tribe which came out of the mountains of Montana and, as Momaday puts it,...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

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What attitude does Momaday communicate in the story The Way to Rainy Mountain?

I would want to answer this question by pointing towards the way in which this excellent book is actually in part an elegy. An elegy is a term that is used to mean a kind of funeral song or poem...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 10:15 pm UTC

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What does the idea of housing in N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain symbolise?

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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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, what are your impressions of Momaday's grandmother, Aho?

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 The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday, what does the speaker mean when he says that his grandmother was...

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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In the Prologue, Momaday says that “In one sense, then, the way to Rainy Mountain is preeminently the history of an...

Momaday is suggesting that the story his book will tell is not, in any conventional sense, a “history” of the Kiowa, but instead a kind of spiritual history. The “idea” he is giving the history of...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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Momaday chose a travel narrative for the introduction to The Way to Rainy Mountain. Why did he choose the journey...

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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How do Momaday's reflections on the death of his grandmother help him communicate a message about his Kiowa culture? 

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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According to myth, what is one reason the Grandmother Spider worries about raising the Sun's child?

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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When did the Kiowas surrender?  

In short, the answer to your question is July 20, 1890. Just keep in mind that the organization of The Way to Rainy Mountain must be understood before the answer can be easily found. The major...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 3:04 pm UTC

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How did meeting the Crows change the Kiowas?  

Momaday mentions briefly the relationship between the Kiowas and the Crows in his Introduction. He offers not only a quick lesson in Native American history, but also one of U.S. geography. The...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016 12:41 pm UTC

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According to the creation myth in The Way to Rainy Mountain, how did the Kiowa enter the world?

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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Where is the narrator's grandmother's grave in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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What does the geography of the land of Rainy Mountain represent to Momaday and to his Kiowa culture?

There is a very important quotation that Momaday shares with us at the very beginning of The Way to Rainy Mountain that can help you understand why this real mountain is important to the Kiowa...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 5:11 pm UTC

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Who are the crows in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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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In what ways did meeting the Crow change the Kiowas' way of life?

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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