The Man to Send Rain Clouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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Discuss the climax and resolution of the the story "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silko.

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Leslie Marmon Silko writes about her people: the Laguna Pueblo people of New Mexico.  Many of her stories are based on the oral tradition of passing the folklore from generation to generation through story telling.

This story "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" evolves through the death of an old Indian shepherd, Teofilo. The narrator tells the story through third person with little emotion.

Thematically, the story results in a clash of cultures: the Catholic Church and the Native American traditions of burial.  When the men find their grandfather, they lay him on a red blanket and prepare him for burial.  Each grandson paints a different color stripe on his face.  They attach a feather to his gray hair. 

Then Leon painted with yellow under the old man's broad nose, and finally, when he had painted green across the chin, he smiled.  'Send us rain clouds, Grandfather.'

To complete the body's preparation, they throw pinches of corn meal and pollen into the wind.

On the way back with the grandfather's body, the grandsons encounter the Catholic priest.  Knowing that the old man had been missing, the priest asks if they had located him.  Without really answering the question, ironically Leon tells the priest that everything is okay at the sheep camp.  The priest admonishes the men for allowing their elderly grandfather to go out and stay at the sheep camp.

'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.'

The grandsons did not want to involve outsiders in the burial of the grandfather.

The wives of the grandsons are waiting for the news.  It was assumed that the old man had died, so they had prepared his clothing.  The grandfather looked so...

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