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Origins and Encounters. The Man to Send Rain Clouds. Build Background. Pueblo groups Settled in SW thousands of years before Spanish conquistadors in 1540. Spanish attempted to establish a colony and convert the Pueblos to Catholicism. Laguna people of western New Mexico are a Pueblo group.

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origins and encounters

Origins and Encounters

The Man to Send Rain Clouds

build background
Build Background
  • Pueblo groups
    • Settled in SW thousands of years before Spanish conquistadors in 1540.
    • Spanish attempted to establish a colony and convert the Pueblos to Catholicism.
  • Laguna people of western New Mexico are a Pueblo group.
    • Founded in 1699
    • Maintain many values and beliefs even with the influence of the outside culture
words to know
Words to Know
  • Arroyo—deep gully cut by an intermittent stream; a dry gulch.
  • Mesa—a broad, flat-topped hill with cliff-like sides.
  • Cloister—a place devoted to religious seclusion; a monastery or convent.
  • Cassock—ankle-length garment worn by clergymen (close-fitting waist and sleeves).
  • Perverse—stubbornly opposed to what is right or reasonable; wrong-headed.
cultural information
Cultural Information
  • http://www2005.lang.osaka-u.ac.jp/~krkvls/laguna.html
  • http://www.nativeamericans.com/Pueblo.htm
  • http://www.lagunapueblo.org
  • http://www.nmmagazine.com/NMGUIDE/laguna.html
the man to send rain clouds
“The Man to Send Rain Clouds”
  • Setting—Contemporary NM
  • Themes—Traditions/harmony
literature terms
Literature Terms
  • Plot--Sequence of actions and events in a literary work.
  • Conflict—struggle between opposing forces that forms the basis of the plot
  • Inferences—a logical guess based on evidence.
  • Symbolism—person, place, or thing that stands for something beyond itself (idea/feeling)
conflict
Conflict
  • Internal Conflict—between opposing forces within a character
  • External Conflict—pits a character against nature, society, or another character.
inferences
Inferences
  • What inference does Father Paul make about Teofilo from Leon’s comments when they meet the first time?
  • Why do you think Leon and Ken do not tell Father Paul about Teofilo’s death right away?
  • What can you infer about Louise from the fact that she wants Father Paul to sprinkle holy water for Teofilo?
symbolism
Symbolism
  • What is the symbolic meaning of the corn meal and pollen that are scattered to mark Teofilo’s death?