The Man To Send Rain Clouds

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Embracing Change Leslie Silko’s “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” portrays a non-violent clash of tradition and religion resulting in the characters embracing the future and the change it holds. Leon’s grandfather dies, and instead of feeling sorrow, Leon honors his grandfather’s heritage and asks him to send rain to their land. Leon does not shed a tear for his grandfather because he believes that his grandfather has not died, but rather his grandfather has found eternal peace by returning to nature. Father Paul resents Leon’s family for keeping him in the dark about Teofilo’s death and not asking Father Paul to officiate their grandfather’s funeral. Father Paul realizes that he does not understand Leon’s traditions and this realization makes the pastor compromise his beliefs so he can understand death from a different perspective. Because of Teofilo’s death, traditions are upheld, religious conflicts arise, and change is embraced. Upon finding his grandfather’s body, Leon immediately begins upholding his Pueblo tradition by preparing Teofilo’s body to return to the earth. Leon ties a grey feather to his grandfather’s hair and paints his face with various colors that represent symbolism of a naturalistic theme of various elements of Earth. The theme of naturalistic symbolism continues with Ken throwing corn meal and pollen into the wind over Teofilo’s body, and this symbolism is resonated further by the wind blowing the grey feather (Silko 175). The community follows tradition by bringing food for the family and the grave diggers. Leon and his family place Teofilo in a new set of jeans and a brown flannel shirt; the color brown represented his journey to the grave and his embrace with dirt and the Earth. Teofilo is laid to rest wrapped in a red blanket wearing his moccasins, “Made for the ceremonial dances in the summer” (Silko 176). Ceremonial dances

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