N. Scott Momaday

(Navarre Scott Momaday)

N. Scott Momaday
N. Scott Momaday
  • Born: February 27, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author

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Navarre Scott Momaday 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.

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For the European who came from a community of congestion and confinement, the West was beyond dreaming; it must have inspired him to formulate an idea of the infinite. There he could walk through geologic time; he could see into eternity. Immigration & Emigration
The Indian feels that he is related to the animal world. That all living things are related. Humor ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Animals
As far as I am concerned, poetry is a statement concerning the human condition, composed in verse. Literature, Writers & Writing
I am a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society; I visit sacred places such as Devil's Tower and the Medicine Wheel. These places are important to me, because they've been made sacred by sacrifice, by the investment of blood and experience and story. Society
I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable.
I have a pretty good knowledge of the Indian world by virtue of living on several different reservations and being exposed to several different cultures and languages. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I have deep roots in this Oklahoma soil. It makes me proud.
Indians are marvelous storytellers. In some ways, that oral tradition is stronger than the written tradition.
My father was a painter and he taught art. He once said to me, 'I never knew an Indian child who could not draw.' Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Sometimes, I think the best kind of poem is one in which there is an acute balance between what is humorous and that which is very serious. That balance is very hard to strike. But it can be done.
The spiritual reality of the Indian world is very evident, very highly developed. I think it affects the life of every Indian person in one way or another. Life
Writing is not a matter of choice. Writers have to write. It is somehow in their temperament, in the blood, in tradition.

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