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What main elements of "The Way To Rainy Mountain" by N. Scott Momaday could focus on if I were to make a presentation...

My suggestion would be that you do your presentation on the organization of The Way to Rainy Mountain so that your fellow students can better understand it. Of course, organization also has to do...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 3:31 pm UTC

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In "The Way to Rainy Mountain" by N. Scott Momaday, what ceremony did the narrator's grandmother participate in as a...

According to Momaday, the Crows shared their culture and religion with the Kiowas, his grandmother's people. As a result, the Kiowas learned to worship Tai-me, the Sun Dance god, in their religious...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015 9:28 pm UTC

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According to The Way to Rainy Mountain, how did the Kiowa people become great hunters?

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

In a very ethereal way, Momaday is trying to explain his book to you in one sentence. That is what Momaday is doing within this quotation. Note, however, that he does use the prepositional phrase...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 12:56 pm UTC

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Create a digital presentation about a chapter from The Way to Rainy Mountain explaining the overall meaning of the...

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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What does the image signify about the Kiowa culture?

I assume here that you are speaking of the sacred image of the Kiowa tribe in Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain (as, apart from the literary imagery in Momaday's work, that is the main image...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 10:32 am 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 M. Scott Momaday's work The Way to Rainy Mountain, where does Momaday's journey begin and end?

This question can also be interpreted figuratively. Where does Momaday's journey begin and end for him intellectually, emotionally, spiritually? His journey to trace the Kiowa people's roots, as...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 9:15 pm UTC

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What does the author mean when he describes the visitors as being "made of lean and leather"?

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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How does The Way to Rainy Mountain deal with nature and self-identification?

In The Way to Rainy Mountain, N. Scott Momaday follows the journey of the Kiowa people from the plains of Montana to Rainy Mountain in Oklahoma. Similarly, it follows Momaday’s journey of discovery...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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What is Rainy Mountain and where is it located?

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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Who are the main characters in The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday?

Because The Way to Rainy Mountain is a history of the Kiowa tribe of Native Americans, it doesn't really lend itself to a list of characters the way that a work of fiction would. The reason is...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 1:08 pm UTC

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In N. Scott Momaday's book The Way to Rainy Mountain, what is an example of the way in which Momaday adapts history...

In the Prologue, Momaday tells the story of the Kiowa's last Sun Dance in 1887. He tells this story through the eyes of his grandmother, who was then seven, to make it more accessible to the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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Why does Momaday include the violence against the Kiowas in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

Keep in mind that, because Momaday does not tell us the precise reason why he includes violence, this is ultimately a question about the reader's opinion. In my opinion, Momaday includes violence...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 12:47 pm UTC

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In the book The Way to Rainy Mountain, what caused Aho's feelings about the sun to develop?

As the reader might suspect, it is most certainly the Kiowa heritage that causes Momaday's grandmother, Aho, to develop her feelings about the sun. If one wants to be more specific about it, one...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 11:05 am UTC

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Why is language, especially spoken language, considered important to the author?

The Way to Rainy Mountain is a work with a central theme of storytelling. In fact, it has been considered by many academics as a perfectly suitable starting point when attempting to understand the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 7:21 pm UTC

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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, what are the time periods of the stories and experiences of "The Setting Out," "The...

Keep in mind that, in order to understand this work, the reader has to have a grasp of its organization. The major parts of the work are the parts you mention. The work is further delineated into...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 1:16 pm UTC

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Of all the characters in Momaday's book, only two voices speak for themselves. Who were they and why were they...

This is an interesting question simply because it is clear that each section has three different "voices": one mythological, one historical, and one personal. However, it can be said that only two...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 12:37 pm UTC

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What does the "way" represent in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

We can consider Momaday’s use of “the way” to have several different meanings; and yet, they seem to converge into a cohesive one by the end of the book. The Kiowa, his Native American ancestors,...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016 2:10 pm UTC

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What are the strategies writers use to evoke periods and time? Identify the strategies the author uses in The Way to...

Writers use various types of strategy to evoke both different time periods and the passage of time. One of the commonest is physical description of the details of life in the era described. The...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020 7:45 pm UTC

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what event int the experience of her people did the narrator's grandmother miss by eight or ten years?  

In The Way To Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday , the author talks about his people, the Kiowas. He relates that the Kiowas have an old landmark in Oklahoma, north and west of the Wichita Range,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2015 7:19 pm UTC

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In The Way to Rainy Mountain, what age did Momaday's grandmother live to be?    

Although we are never given an exact age, we know that Momaday's grandmother lived to be very old. The reader knows this by the following quotation: Now that I can have her only in memory, I see...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 12:07 pm UTC

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How old was Aho when she attended the last Kiowa sun dance?

The last full Kiowa sun dance took place in 1887. As Aho, Momaday's grandmother, was born in 1880, that would make her six or seven years old when she participated in the dance. She also watched...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 6:59 am UTC

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Critics claim that Momaday treats his grandmother’s memory with tenderness and reverence. Can you cite specific...

Momaday's memory of his grandmother is his link to his Kiowa culture; through her, he acquires the history of his people and the legends that have lasted over the centuries. Momaday writes...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 6:24 am UTC

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How would the meaning of the book change if it included only the myths and the historical accounts?

The Way to Rainy Mountain was published by Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday in 1969. The work explores Momoday's heritage as a Kiowa through traditional stories, especially as told by his grandmother,...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 6:45 pm UTC

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When was his grandmother born in The Way to Rainy Mountain?

The simple answer to your question is 1880; however, that exact date is never given within the text. We can extrapolate the answer to this question by considering a few important dates having to...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016 11:47 am 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’s The Way to Rainy Mountain traces the history of the Kiowa tribe, of which Momaday is a member. In the prologue of the book, Momaday spends the majority of the time explaining to the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 4:00 am UTC

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What are some of the ways the author remembers his grandmother?

The author remembers his grandmother in a few ways. He visits her grave and recounts to others the history of her people. He also visits each room of his grandmother's former home. As he walks...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2018 7:11 pm UTC

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Which recurring figure in The Way to Rainy Mountain was the author's grandparent and once acquired powerful medicine...

Reading almost any of the twenty-four numbered sections (with their three voices) will tell you the answer to your question. The key to this answer, of course, is the final voice. This final voice...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 12:42 pm UTC

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What myth explains why the Kiowas are such a small tribe?

The Kiowa story of creation explains why the Kiowas are such a small tribe. According to this story, every Kiowa came into the world through a hollow log. The Kiowas essentially originated from a...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 5:52 pm UTC

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