The Man to Send Rain Clouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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What is the conflict in "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Silko?

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"The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silko has both external and internal conflicts. Externally, there is the clash between Native American and Catholic burial traditions. Internally, Father Paul wrestles with his conscience about whether to bring holy water to sprinkle on Teofilo's body. Both forms of conflict showcase the differences in the beliefs of the two respective cultures.

After Leon and Ken discover Teofilo's dead body by the big cottonwood tree, they withhold the news of his death from Father Paul:

"Did you find old Teofilo?" he asked loudly.
Leon stopped the truck. "Good morning, Father. We were just out to the sheep camp. Everything is O.K. now."
"Thank God for that. Teofilo is a very old man. You really shouldn't allow him to stay at the sheep camp alone."
"No, he won't do that any more now."
"Well, I'm glad you understand. I hope I'll be seeing you at Mass this week—we missed you last Sunday. See if you can get old Teofilo to come with you." The priest smiled and...

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