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Encyclopedia > N. Scott Momaday

Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) is a Native American (Kiowa) writer. He is the son of the writer Natachee Scott Momaday and the painter Al Momaday, and was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. His novel House Made of Dawn led to the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. He was also featured in the Ken Burns and Stephen Ives' documentary, The West, for his masterful retelling of Kiowa history and legend. Momaday is also featured in another PBS documentary concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He laughed and said of his grandfather, who fought in the battle: "My grandfather used to say Custer looked whiter than ever!". Momaday is the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Sioux in traditional dress including war bonnet, circa 1908. ... The Kiowa are a nation of Native Americans who lived mostly in the plains of west Texas, Oklahoma and eastern New Mexico at the time of the arrival of Europeans. ... Lawton is a city in Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded since 1948 for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. ... See also: 1968 in literature, other events of 1969, 1970 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Kenneth Lauren Burns (b. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Combatants Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho United States Commanders Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse George A. Custer â€ , Marcus Reno, Frederick Benteen, James Calhoun â€  Strength 949 lodges (probably 950-1,200 warriors) 31 officers, 566 troopers, 15 armed civilians, ~35-40 scouts Casualties At least 54 killed, ~168 wounded (according to Sitting Bull... George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 - June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes, led by... A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and often expected to compose poems for State occasions and other government events. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ...

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Bibliography

  • The Journey of Tai-me (1967)
  • House Made of Dawn (1968)
  • The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) (illustrated by his father, Alfred Momaday)
  • Angle of Geese (1974)
  • The Gourd Dancer (1976)
  • The Names: A Memoir (1976)
  • The Ancient Child (1989)
  • In the Presence of the Sun (1992)
  • The Native Americans: Indian County (1993)
  • Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story (1994)
  • The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages (1997)
  • In the Bear's House (1999)

House Made of Dawn is a novel by N. Scott Momaday, widely credited as leading the way for the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. ... The Way to Riny Mountain is a book by Pulitzer Prize winner [N. Scott Momaday] about the journey of his Kiowa Indian ancestors from their ancient beginnings in the Montana area to their final war and surrender to the United states cavalry at [Fort Sill] and subsequent resettlement near Rainy...

Quotes

  • "I sometimes think the contemporary white American is more culturally deprived than the Indian."
  • "I simply kept my goal in mind and persisted. Perseverance is a large part of writing."

See also

This is a list of Native American and First Nations writers from North and South America. ... The Native American Renaissance was a term originally coined by critic Kenneth Lincoln in his 1983 book of the same title. ... Native American Studies is an academic discipline which studies the experience of people of Native American ancestory in America. ...

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