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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He is a man of few words and has a calm, strong sense of dignity. As he finishes painting the dead face of Teofilo, Leon is not sad; instead he smiles and offers the conventional Pueblo prayer asking the dead man to send rain clouds. But it was only at college in when she was forced to write a story in a creative writing course and found again that what was difficult for others came naturally to her, that she realized she was a writer.

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

Silko has said that, for the Indian people, time is round, and not a linear string. Last Rites and a Mass, but in the end he reluctantly comes along, and when the besprinkled body is lowered, Zilko is happy: 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. Walter, appointed government teacher inmarried the daughter of the chief of the Kurena-Shikani medicine men.

Silko demonstrates a skillful use of irony in thee story, notably in her depiction of the young priest, an authority figure who wants the Indians to follow Catholic ways but, marmoon the end, himself uses holy water as part of a traditional Indian ceremony, participating in a non-Christian ceremony. Pradt [or Pratt] and two Marmon brothers Walter and Robert came to the pueblo, married Laguna women, and reared large families. In a sense [Leslie Marmon Silko] dend to write in the fifth grade: Also, she is an artist who wants to apply her imagination to the telling of tales, and to her, the essence of this particular incident is the story of this instance of cultural clash with the feelings and ideas involved.


The dialogues between Leon and Father Paul, and between Leon and Louise, present the characters to the readers directly, thus enabling readers to draw their own conclusions as to the characters respective natures and motivations.

Raised on the Indian reservation in Laguna, New Mexico, she incorporates into her writing the stories, myths, and legends she heard as she grew up. 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.

His fingers were stiff, and it took him a long time to twist the lid off the holy water. The story reflects life on the Laguna Indian Reservation in the s.

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The priest approached the grave slowly. And on the other hand, as already suggested, pueblo societies see the survival of the group as more important than the existence of the individual.

Taylor, looming up behind the graveyard, as a holy shrine and who have decorated most of the walls of the church in which he works with signs of thunder, clouds, and rainbows. The tribe occupied the site of what is now called Laguna by the early s. Ghe of water fell on the red blanket and soaked into dark icy spots.

Not only Marmons but Gunns [John] and Pratts too. Later at home, the funeral is magmon with clanspeople and old men with medicine bags attending.

Even when Christianity was introduced, it was incorporated into older Pueblo rites. There is seriousness and ceremony, but no sorrow at his death.


Her writings are included in the syllabus of various American literature courses in high schools and colleges. Over the years, a few Navajos intermarried with the tribe, bringing with them the Navajo Sun clan and kachina. Teofilo is perhaps the most important character in the story, since the plot concerns the conflict that arises after his death between American Indian ways and Christian ways. What we have in the story are two different ideas of death, or rather, of our whole existence.

Silok 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.

Her first story exemplifies this double vision. According to their origin legends, the Laguna tribe in existence since cloud leastcame southward from the Sejd Verde region.

The narrator makes several references to the Indian burial ceremony and the history of the Pueblo people. In the following excerpt, she asserts that the story gives an example of the strength and adaptability of tribal sulko. The Pueblo people paint the faces of the dead so that they will be recognized in the next world.

The encounter between the young priest, ckouds is denied the opportunity to perform Catholic rites, and Leon, who insists that such rites are not necessary, is humorous. 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.

These tasks are ordinarily performed by the village Shaman religious priestwhile corn meal is offered to the wind and water is sprinkled on the grave so that the spirit lesle nourishment on its journey to the other world.