Before You Read. “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” by Leslie Marmon Silko. Born About Silko. “I was fortunate to be reared by my great-grandmother and. Silko, Leslie Marmon. Genre. Short Story. Overview. Published in , “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” depicts the story of an old man who is found dead in a. Leon: Grandson of Teofilo, brother-in-law of Ken, round character; Ken: Grandson of Teofilo, brother-in-law of Leon, flat character; Father Paul.

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Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. One illustration of this is the following passage: Irony can be verbal or situational. Even when Christianity was introduced, it was incorporated into older Pueblo rites. Although it is not strictly a Christian burial, the dead man receives the blessings of both traditional and Christian cultures. It was an opening up worldwide.

He has affection and respect for his parishioners, as seen in his concern for arin Teofilo. Inwhen the Pueblo swore allegiance to the king of Spain, Catholic missionaries arrived to convert Native Americans to Catholicism.

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

Drops of water fell on the red blanket and soaked into dark icy spots. Although her part is minor, it is her suggestion that triggers the culture clash marmoj the story.

The dialogues between Leon and Father Paul, and between Leon and Louise, present the characters to the readers directly. Throughout the story, Silko emphasizes that the strength of Pueblo traditions lies in their ability to incorporate alien elements into their own way of life. Through this story, Silko emphasizes that the continuing strength of Pueblo traditions lies in the ability of the people to incorporate alien elements for their own purposes.

People in the main part of the village were our clanspeople because the clan system was still maintained although not in the same form it would have been if we were full blood. Additional immigration occurred during the s, when the Lagunas were joined by Indians from the Rio Grandeprobably fleeing both drought and the hostility of the Spanish after the Pueblo Rebellion in and the renewed uprising in Teofilo is perhaps the most important character in the story, since the plot concerns the conflict amn arises after his death between American Indian ways and Christian ways.


A Native American living on a reservation in New Mexico, he was fiercely independent. When a demand arose later for the revival of the dances, Zuni influences were introduced into Laguna rituals.

They ritually paint his face and take his body, wrapped in a red blanket, to their home for a traditional Pueblo funeral ceremony. To the Pueblo, death is not the end of existence, but part of a cycle in which the spirit of the deceased returns to its source and then helps the community of the living by returning with rain clouds for the nourishment of the earth.

Her work widely anthologized, Leslie Marmon Silko is considered the preeminent Native American woman novelist, a legend in her achievements in the field of Native American literature. After founding Old Laguna Kawaik aroundthey issued invitations to other pueblos to join them. Yet after the old man dies, Leon does not inform the priest, though the rest of his parishioners have been informed. The landscape of the story with its arroyos and mesas is an integral part of the story.

But after the white people came, elements in this world began to shift; and it became necessary to create new ceremonies. The people mistrust this greatly, but only this growth keeps the ceremonies strong. They also scatter corn and sprinkle water to provide food and water for the spirit on its journey to the other world. Silko skillfully and humorously characterizes the conflict between the frustrated priest, who is denied the opportunity to provide the last rites and funeral mass, and Leon, who doggedly insists that these are not necessary: Like old Teofilo and Leon, he also believes in following Indian ways, and he helps his brother-in-law any way he can.

Walter, appointed government teacher inmarried the daughter of the chief of the Kurena-Shikani medicine men. Many Indians moved off the reservations and into mainstream American culture, becoming more visible as a result. Silko claims that Pueblo narratives are lean and spare because so much of what constitute the stories is shared knowledge.


Pradt [or Pratt] and two Marmon brothers Walter and Robert came to the pueblo, married Laguna women, and reared large families. But high and northwest the blue mountains were still in snow. Soon after that there came to be stories about these mixed blood people, halfbreeds.

However, Silko advocates a return to the essence rather than to the precise form of these rituals and traditions, which must be adapted continually to meet new challenges. His fingers were stiff, and it took him a long time to twist the lid off the holy water.

Although he is troubled by the persistence of Lesliee customs in his parish, he learns to adapt to them. In her depiction of the Pueblos she makes us feel what David B. Through the book she reclaims both personal and tribal traditions about men and women, animals and holy people, community and creativity.

Retrieved December 21, from Encyclopedia. He is rxin man of few words and has a calm, strong sense of dignity. Time in its historical dimension is unimportant as it is an endlessly repeating cycle in which man is but a minute part of the cycle. Father, we just want him to have plenty of water. Life on the reservation was a daily balancing act of Pueblo and Christian ways. Father Paul refuses at first, but later decides to sprinkle holy water on the grave, honoring the Cloudw American belief that the spirit must have plenty of water in its journey to the other world.

An identity was being made or evolved in the stories the Lagunas told about these people who had gone outside Laguna, but at the same time of the outsiders who had come in.

At one point excited and full of plans for his Native American parish, Father Paul finds the reality of working in an Indian parish very different from what he had expected.