N. Scott Momaday

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Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) is a Kiowa novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His novel House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, and is considered the first major work of the Native American Renaissance. His follow-up work The Way to Rainy Mountain blended folklore with memoir. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts in 2007 for his work’s celebration and preservation of indigenous oral and art tradition. He holds twenty honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Information from Wikipedia)

Articles in Western American Literature:

Engaging the Politics and Pleasures of Indigenous Aesthetics, by Chadwick Allen

“image and word cannot be divided”: N. Scott Momaday and Kiowa Ekphrasis, by William M. Clements

Pan-Indianism and Tribal Sovereignties in House Made of Dawn and The Names, by P. Jane Hafen

Self-Hatred and Spiritual Corruption in House Made of Dawn, by Bernard A. Hirsch

The Bear’s Son Folk Tale in When the Legends Die and House Made of Dawn, by Nora Baker Barry

Endings in Contemporary American Indian Fiction, by David B. Espey

Words and Place: A Reading of House Made of Dawn, by Lawrence J. Evers

Additional Resources:

Western Writers Series, Boise State University: N. Scott Momaday