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The Way to Rainy Mountain
Transcript of The Way to Rainy Mountain
“The windows are black and opaque; you imagine there is nothing within, and indeed there are many ghosts, bones given up to the land.”
"The Way to Rainy Mountain" is a memoir. The story is written from his perspective about his and his family's experiences. He uses short stories and imagery to describe the feeling of loneliness and absence from the loss of his ancestors and their traditions. “The walls have closed in upon my grandmother’s house.” He uses the house to represent life and the emptiness in his life now that his grandmother is gone. “Eight children were there at play, seven sisters and their brother. Suddenly the boy was struck dumb; he trembled and began to run upon his hands and feet. His fingers became claws, and his body was covered with fur. Directly there was a bear where the boy had been. The sisters were terrified; they ran, and the bear after them. They came to the stump of a great tree, and the tree spoke to them. It bade them to climb upon it, and as they did so it began to rise into the air. The bear came to kill them, but they were just beyond its reach. It reared against the tree and scored the bark all around with its claws. The seven sisters were borne into the sky, and they became the stars of the Big Dipper.”