N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday
N. Scott Momaday (left) receiving the National Medal of Arts from George W. Bush in 2007.

Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) is a Kiowa-Cherokee Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.[1]

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Background

He is the son of the writer Natachee Scott Momaday and the painter Al Momaday, and was born on February 27, 1934 at the Kiowa-Comanche Indian Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. He is enrolled in the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma but also has Cherokee heritage from his mother.[1]

Writing career

Momaday's 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.

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)
  • The Indolent Boys (play) world premiere Syracuse Stage 1993-94 season
  • Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story (1994)
  • The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages (1997)
  • In the Bear's House (1999)

Honors

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. Momaday is the Oklahoma Centennial Poet Laureate[2]

In 1992, Momaday received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.[3] He was awarded a 2007 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush.[4] N. Scott Momaday received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 9, 2010.

Recent activities

Momaday founded and operates the Rainy Mountain Foundation[5] and Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit organization working to preserve native cultures.[6] He paints in watercolors and illustrated his own book, In the Bear's House.

Quotes

  • "I sometimes think the contemporary white American is more culturally deprived than the Indian."[7]
  • "I simply kept my goal in mind and persisted. Perseverance is a large part of writing."[7]

See also

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References & notes

  1. ^ a b Steed, Patricia L. "Momaday, N. Scott (1934-)." Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  2. ^ Van Deventer, M. J. "Bush adding to poet's honors." Daily Oklahoman. 15 Nov 2007 (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  3. ^ List of NWCA Lifetime Achievement Awards, accessed 6 Aug 2010.
  4. ^ http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/11/20071114-7.html
  5. ^ "Santa Fe NM 87505 - Tax Exempt Organizations." Tax Exempt World. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  6. ^ Staff, January 2009, "N. Scott Momaday", Smithsonian Q&A, Vol. 39, Issue 10, 25 pgs., accessed = 04-25-2009
  7. ^ a b "N. Scott Momaday, PhD." Academy of Achievement. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)

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