Old man Teofilo is perhaps the most important character in the story. He is “the man to send the rain clouds”. Although dead he compels the conflict between Native American and Christians in the story. He wears the traditional American clothes. He makes moccasins for the ceremonial dances in the summer which signify his adherence to the native ways and practices. From the conversation between Father Paul and Leon it is also pretty evident that he also does not like to go to church. He seems to be well respected among his community people. It is his adherence to the native practices that drives Leon and all the community members to perform his last rites according to their own ways. He remains relevant even after death because of the Native American cultural practices.