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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Throughout the story, Silko emphasizes that the strength of Pueblo traditions lies in their ability to incorporate alien elements leeslie their own way of life. Father Paul is a young Catholic priest struggling to lead a parish on an Indian reservation.

In the following excerpt, she asserts that the story gives an example of the strength and adaptability of tribal traditions. Some versions indicate that after pausing at Zia, they were joined by the head of the Parrot clan, who decided to take his people southward with them. Ironically, the young priest is trapped by the Indians into taking part in their ceremony.

Some critics believe that this story may become one of the classics of American literature. The encounter between the young priest, who is denied the maron to perform Catholic rites, and Leon, who insists that such rites are not necessary, is humorous.

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.

But an understanding of the Pueblo burial customs gives an added dimension to an understanding of the solko. Father, we just want him to have plenty of water. The tribe occupied the site of what is now called Laguna by the early s.

The Pueblo paint the face of the deceased so that he will be recognized in the next world. She has also written film scripts and given numerous interviews which provide insights into her works. rqin

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

All I knew was my growing up at Laguna, recalling some other stories that I had been told as a child. This is exemplified in the part of the story in which Father Paul is depicted as bewildered by the incorporation of Catholic ritual in an Indian ceremony.


Nonetheless, his action brings him to the edge of the community: In her depiction of the Pueblos she makes us feel what David B. Later he ends up being a good friend of the native priest and becomes part of the Christian community in India.

In accordance with Keres tradition, Old Teofilo, even in death, is still a valued member of the community, for the people are looking clouvs him to send them big thunderclouds. After wandering further, first southward from the lake at Laguna and then northward back to the lake, they settled Punyana, probably in the late s.

But high and northwest the blue mountains were still in snow. Realizing that he has been tricked into participating raij their pagan rites and half suspecting that the whole thing may be just a spring fertility ceremony rather than a real funeral, he nevertheless sprinkles the grave with a silkk jar of holy water. An identity was being made or evolved in the stories the Lagunas told about these people who marmob gone outside Laguna, but at the same time of the outsiders who had come in.

She attended law school for a short time, but, disillusioned with the legal system, she left school after three semesters, having decided to seek justice for her people through the power of her imagination and stories. According to their origin legends, the Laguna tribe in existence since at leastcame southward from the Mesa Verde region. The story reveals how clashes over differences in customs and tradition can be avoided through a combination of customs.

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The Indian, as Vine Deloria has reminded us, is wedded to place rather than time and to group rather than individual. Unable to think of anything else, she decided to write about this incident and to try to imagine the scene and how the people had felt.

To be sure, she does want us to see that these are Laguna rituals and attitudes. 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.


Pradt [or Pratt] and two Marmon brothers Walter and Robert came to the pueblo, married Laguna women, and reared large families. Yet after the old man dies, Leon does not inform the priest, though the rest of his parishioners have been informed. Antonio Espejo, who commanded an expedition to New Mexico invisited the area in Gilbert sees this strategy as a matter of re-vision, seeing anew: Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Only when this is done is one prepared to deal with the problems of the present.

But after the white people came, elements in this world began to shift; and it became necessary to create new ceremonies. 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. Ken is the brother-in-law of Leon and a minor character in the story. It was getting colder, and the wind pushed gray dust down the narrow pueblo road.

But then after World War One it changed. Silko has said that, for the Indian people, time is round, and not a linear string. Back at Laguna she had just heard in headline form that an old man had been found dead at a sheep camp and had been given a traditional burial and that the priest had resented the fact that he was not called in.

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Irony can be verbal or situational. In Pueblo culture, it is believed that neglect of tribal rituals can result in death and sickness, because the ghost returns without blessings, having been unable to enter the other world. They also scatter corn and sprinkle water to provide food and water for ma spirit on its journey to the other world.