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SOAPSTone- The Way to Rainy Mountain

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Taylor Marshall

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of SOAPSTone- The Way to Rainy Mountain

- self discovery
- reminiscent of grandmother and regretful of choices
-journey into past Occasion Audience The setting of the essay goes back to the Kiowa's
origin from the point when they discovered their homeland all the way to when the Americans took over. Analysis Tone - analysis Evidence from Text:

-"They were a mountain people, a mysterious tribe of hunter whose language has never been positively classified in many major group."

-"Along the way the Kiowas were befriended by the Crows, who gave then culture and religion of the plains."

-"In order to save themselves, they surrendered to the soldiers at Fort sill and were imprisoned in the old stone corral that now stands as a military museum." Textual Evidence Conclusion In conclusion... The settings elaborate on the author's objective, which is to reconnect to his past. The explanation of the Kiowan history gives the audience a good idea of the author's heritage. Subject Purpose The Purpose was to convey his grandmas way of life. To remind the reader of the ways of life before America settled the west, to remind the reader of the past. Textual Evidence 1

pg 8 The Grandmother tells an old Kiowas legend which teaches the reader a lesson about the beast inside us all. The story reminds the reader of the past before America defeated the natives. Textual Evidence 2

A passage on Pg 9 tells the reader about their feasting and banquets that happened int he summer in the past. These events reminds them of their culture. "They were an old council of warlords, come to remind and be reminded of who they are." That passage reminds the reader of the Kiowas and Aho, the authors grandmothers past. Textual Evidence 3

On Pg 8 their is a passage that details their land the "the highland meadows", "the inland slope of the Rockies". This passage also tells how the Kiowas did, how the "came to the land of the crows, the could see the darklees of the hills at dawn." This passage reminds the reader of the Kiowas surroundings, the authors heritage, and his grandmothers past. The audience is people who are not from Native American descent. It is targeted towards people who have at least some knowledge of Native American tribe and how they had to adapt to the American system. Or the typical educated person. The audience knowing Native American history and being educated because it helps the author with his argument since the audience can understand on an intellectual level or feel some sympathy because of their knowledge of what happened and what the writer is trying to convey to the audience. -"For my people the Kiowas, it is an old landmark, and they gave it the name Rainy mountain." p.7
-"She was ten when the Kiowas came together for the last time as a living Sun dance culture. They could find no buffalo; they had to hang an old hide from the sacred tree." p.8
-"The Kiowas are a summer people; they abide the cold and keep to themselves, but when the season turns and the land bceomes warm and vital they cannot hold still; an old love of going returns upon them" p.9 Subject Analysis The topic of this text is the narrator's grandmother and his connection to his heritage. He discusses his grandmother's death and the Kiowa folktales he learned from her. In the text, he compares his grandmother's death with the death of the Kiowa culture. He talks at length about nature, and much of the text parallels his hike up Rainy Mountain, the home of his grandmother's tribe, and the great migration of the Kiowa people. Subject Textual Evidence 1. "When I was a child I played with my cousins outside, where the lamplight fell upon the ground and the singing of the old people rose up around us and carried away into the darkness."

2. "A single knoll rises out of the plain in Oklahoma, north and west of the Wichita range. For my people, the Kiowas, it is an old landmark, and they gave it the name Rainy Mountain."

"I remember her most often at prayer....Her long, black hair, always drawn and braided in the day, lay upon her shoulders and against her breasts like a shawl. I do not speak Kiowa, and I never understood her prayers, but there was something inherently sad in the sound, some merest hesitation upon the syllables of sorrow." Subject Conclusion Speaking at length about his culture and his grandmother allows the narrator to express the connection he discovers as he climbs Rainy Mountain. textual evidence 1
"Now that I can have her only in memory, I see my grandmother in several postures that were peculiar textual evidence 2
"once there was a lot of sound inmy grandmother's house, a lot of coming and going, a lot of feasting and talking textual evidence 2
"once there was a lot of sound in my grandmother's house, a lot of coming and going, feasting and talk" The reminsci Conclusion

The element, purpose defines what the essay is about and how the author choose to write how he did. The purpose defines what the author is trying to define through his words. Textual evidence 3
"Now there is a funeral silence in the rooms, the endless wake of some final word." In conclusion
-guilty
-nostalgic
-Personality makes piece relatable
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