The Way To Rainy Mountain Analysis

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The way to rainy mountain focuses both on the landscape of Momaday's childhood and on his Kiowa grandmother. It is set in Oklahoma, where his ancestors migrated from western Canada. Through their contact with the crow Indians, they came to worship the sun, and an annual sun dance brought various autonomous groups of Kiowa's together for weeks of ritual. They were famous for their intricate bead work and paintings of buffalo hides which depicts their culture, religion, and history. Since signing a treaty with the United States government in the 1800's, they are trying to embrace the heritage and traditions of their ancestors. I can relate a piece of myself to this story, because I too, like Scott Momaday, have ancestry related to the Cherokee…show more content…
That goes to show that even though people conform or try to conform you will always be more comfortable with the origins of your heritage and the way of life that you were raised in and not giving up until your death. Today's generations are exactly the opposite for the most part. People don't work as hard or appreciate what little things they have in life, relying on technology for just about everything. The significance of the essay's title depicts the Kiowa's legends and folktales. It describes the place of origin and the journey Scott's ancestry traveled. In the essay when it depicts the standing of the "last great moment in history," I believe it backups the importance of Scott's heritage and why it was so special to him because his grandmother was the last generation to feel what his ancestors felt and lived. I to remember growing up and my grandfather feeding me stories of my ancestry. When I was younger, I would constantly dream up what it may have been like if I had lived on a reservation, or what it would be like to sit in the sweat

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