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What are the pueblo traditions in "The Man to Send Rain Clouds"?

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In Silko’s “The Man to Send Rain Clouds,” the majority of the funerary rites performed for the deceased, Teofilio, appear to be traditional in the pueblo. However, it is also possible that some of the rites are a mixture of traditional practices and European-American practices. Further, at the end of the story we see an aspect of a Catholic rite being modified to fit the Puebloan worldview.

In preparing the old man for burial, his family ties a feather in his hair and paints his face. They also dress him in new clothes and in his new moccasins that he had made for the ceremonial dances. Finally, they wrap him in a red blanket. The reader is not provided an account of the funeral itself, but...

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