The Man to Send Rainclouds Themes

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Creativity

In her short story "The Man to Send Rain Clouds," Silko perceives creativity as a source of strength for Native Americans, a theme that recurs in her later works. In particular, Leon's strength lies in his ability to creatively combine Indian rituals with Catholic rituals. He does not strictly follow the Indian ways, but adds a new element by asking the Catholic priest to sprinkle holy water on Teofilo's grave. 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.

Custom and Tradition

Silko's story is concerned with the strength of the customs and traditions of the Native Americans, and how to resolve a conflict between Native American customs and Christian customs. Leon asks the Catholic priest to participate in the community's Indian rites. Father Paul refuses at first, but later decides to...

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