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N. Scott Momaday (1934–2024)

Autor(a) de House Made of Dawn

41+ Works 3,968 Membros 62 Críticas 10 Favorited

About the Author

Navarre Scott Momaday was born on February 27, 1934 in Lawton, Okla. to Kiowa parents who successfully bridged the gap between Native American and white ways, but remained true to their heritage. Momaday attended the University of New Mexico and earned an M.A and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in mostrar mais 1963. A member of the Gourd Dance Society of the Kiowa Tribe, Momaday has received a plethora of writing accolades, including the Academy of American Poets prize for The Bear and the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for House Made of Dawn. He also shared the Western Heritage Award with David Muench in 1974 for the nonfiction book Colorado: Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring, and he is the author of the film adaptation of Frank Water's novel, The Man Who Killed the Deer. His work, The Names is composed of tribal tales, boyhood memories, and family histories. Another book, The Way to Rainy Mountain, melds myth, history, and personal recollection into a Kiowa tribe narrative. Throughout his writings, Momaday celebrate his Kiowa Native American heritage in structure, theme, and subject matter, often dealing with the man-nature relationship as a central theme and sustaining the Indian oral tradition. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por N. Scott Momaday

House Made of Dawn (1968) 1,946 exemplares
The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) 860 exemplares
The Ancient Child (1989) 241 exemplares
The Names: A Memoir (1976) 170 exemplares
In the Bear's House (1999) 73 exemplares
The Gourd Dancer: [Poems] (1976) 27 exemplares
Gifts of pride and love : Kiowa and Comanche cradles (2001) — Introdução — 24 exemplares

Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 780 exemplares
The World of the American Indian (1974) 595 exemplares
Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children (1988) — Prefácio, algumas edições558 exemplares
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection (2000) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 328 exemplares
Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes (2006) — Contribuidor — 284 exemplares
Native American Stories (Myths and Legends) (1991) — Prefácio — 277 exemplares
Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 193 exemplares
Ants, Indians, and little dinosaurs (1975) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contribuidor — 170 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 163 exemplares
Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry (1988) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Voice of the Turtle: American Indian Literature, 1900-1970 (1994) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Braided Lives: An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing (1991) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art (1996) — Prefácio, algumas edições44 exemplares
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Complete Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (1965) — Editor — 13 exemplares
Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals (2018) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



"There are things in nature which engender an awful quiet in the heart of man; Devils Tower is one of them. Man must account for it. He must never fail to explain such a thing to himself, or else he is estranged forever from the universe."

As much as I hate to use an overused term, this book has a very organic quality to it. It is about finding balance in the world. It is about awareness and understanding -- personal, cultural, and societal. All of these forces impact each person in different ways. This books feels like an argument for not forgetting the past while still moving forward to the future.

The prose in this book is -- not surprisingly -- very poetic in nature. It feels like a song -- maybe even a lullaby. The words just carry one gently forward and the story becomes a comfortable blanket. At the same time, the book points out social issues that may or may not have changed in the 50+ years since it was written.

I am pretty sure this is a book I will return to as I think there is much more to be gleaned from the text and it was such an enjoyable read.
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GrammaPollyReads | 36 outras críticas | May 9, 2024 |
While evocative of a mythopoeic beginning of the Kiowa ancestral history, the narrative didn't flow very clearly. There were confusing passages that seemed to repeat earlier histories but set later in time. However these drawbacks didn't obscure the strong imagery of these peoples lives and the very real journey taken to arrive in the southern plains. This story also provided reminiscences of Momaday's childhood and memories of a beloved grandmother and a livelihood lost in a modern world.
SandyAMcPherson | 11 outras críticas | Mar 7, 2024 |
Reason read: Pulitzer winner
This book, by Native American author N. Scott Momaday, won the Pulitzer in 1969. This author is described as the author who opened literature for Native American authors and he is listed as the inspiration for Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, as several other Native American Authors. This is the story of a returning WWII vet to his reservation and the struggles to fit in. The theme is alienation. The book started as poetry, then stories and morphed into a novel and it reads as if it doesn't quite fit any form. The title is a reference to the land and its people. I did not enjoy this book. Rating 3.2… (mais)
Kristelh | 36 outras críticas | Nov 8, 2023 |
Very cool format. On the left page there is a Kiowa story or legend, on the top of the facing page is a historical context for the story/legend, and below that is a personal recollection of the author's that ties in to either the story or the land.

I liked the stories, but my favorite parts were his personal recollections and descriptions of the land. It made me want to go to the Plains, Oklahoma, and Rainy Mountain immediately, to see if I could feel something as powerful as he describes.… (mais)
blueskygreentrees | 11 outras críticas | Jul 30, 2023 |



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