The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday

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What is the importance of Rainy Mountain?

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Rainy Mountain isn't just a feature of the natural landscape. It is imbued with deep cultural and historical significance for the Kiowa tribe. It represents the close kinship that the tribe has with the ground beneath their feet—ground which they regard as being sacred. Moreover, it stands as a symbol for the ideal of a unified relationship between humans and their natural environment.

More than anything else, though, Rainy Mountain represents a sense of stability and permanence. To a tribe like the Kiowa, this is particularly important. Over the course of their history, they've endured a series of disasters which have forced them further and further away from their spiritual homeland.

Yet throughout it all, Rainy Mountain has stood there as proud and as majestic as ever, a beacon of hope shining through the darkness. Whatever trials and tribulations the Kiowa may endure, they know that as long as Rainy Mountain stands tall, towering over the surrounding landscape, they have a place in...

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