The story “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” by Leslie Marmon Silko brings to life some of the rituals of the Laguna Pueblo Native Americans. The story is based on an actual event in a New Mexico Indian reservation.
The narration is third person point of view with an omniscient narrator. The Indians' understanding of death and the serenity and objectivity with which they face it is explained in the story. The story goes that an old man was found dead in a sheep camp and was given a traditional Indian burial.
When the grandsons, Ken and Leon, find their grandfather Teofilo, they prepare his body in a ceremonial style to take to the family. One ties a feather in the old man’s long white hair. Leon paints the face with white and blue paint. Ken throws pinches of corn meal and pollen into the wind. Under the eyes of the old man, Leon draws yellow stripes and on his nose green down to his chin. After the preparation, they then wrap him in a blanket.
As they return with the...
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