The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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What is the  symbolic meaning of hot, cold, sun, and shadow in "The Man to Send Rain Clouds"?

What is the  symbolic meaning of hot, cold, sun, and shadow in "The Man to Send Rain Clouds"?

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Silko's story uses the natural world to depict the life of the residents of the resevation and their uneasy relationship with the whites who have forced them to live on the margins. 

The symbolism of the weather helps Silko make her point.  The heat of the day is contrasted with the cool snow Ken observes atop the mountain range:

He squinted up at the sun and unzipped his jacket. It sure was hot for this time of year. But high and northwest...

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