The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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Explain the way in which the natives buried Teofilo’s body in The Man to Send Rainclouds, including your feelings on why they did so.

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According to the text, Leon and Ken prepare Teofilo's body for burial as soon as they find him propped up against the cottonwood tree.

The two follow native traditions in preparing the body. First, Leon ties a gray feather to Teofilo's long, white hair. Next, he dabs white paint on Teofilo's forehead and blue paint on Teofilo's cheekbones. Then, Leon pauses, while Ken throws corn meal and pollen into the air near the body. Leon finishes up by dabbing yellow paint under Teofilo's nose and green paint across Teofilo's chin.

The two men then wrap Teofilo's body in a red blanket. Before the burial, Ken and Leon dress Teofilo in a new brown flannel shirt and new Levis. They also put new moccasins on Teofilo's feet. After the corpse is dressed, Ken and Leon wrap Teofilo in the red blanket once again. They...

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