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N Scott Momaday

(Navarre Scott Momaday)
USA flag (b.1934)

N. Scott Momaday's baritone voice booms from any stage. The listener, whether at the United Nations in New York City or next to the radio at home, is transported through time, known as 'kairos"and space to Oklahoma near Carnegie, to the "sacred, red earth" of Momaday's tribe.

Born Feb. 27, 1934, Momaday's most famous book remains 1969's House Made of Dawn, the story of a Pueblo boy torn between the modern and traditional worlds, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and was honored by his tribe. He is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society. He is also a Regents Professor of Humanities at the University of Arizona, and has published other novels, memoir, plays and poetry. He's been called the dean of American Indian writers, and he has influenced other contemporary Native American writers from Paula Gunn Allen to Louise Erdrich.

Momaday views his writings, published in various books over the years, as one continuous story. Influences on his writing include literature of America and Europe and the stories of the Kiowa and other tribal peoples.

Genres: Literary Fiction
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   Angle of Geese and Other Poems (poems) (1974)
   The Gourd Dancer (poems) (1976)
   In the Presence of the Sun (1992)
   The Man Made of Words (1997)
   Again the Far Morning (poems) (2011)
   Meditations (poems) (2016) (with Yuri Vaella)
   The Death of Sitting Bear (poems) (2020)
   Dream Drawings (2022)
   Three Plays (2019)
Picture Books
   Circle of Wonder (1993)
   Four Arrows & Magpie (2006)
Non fiction
   The Names (1976)
   Colorado (1978)
   Ancestral Voice (1989)
   Conversations with N. Scott Momaday (1997)
   Sacred Legacy (2000)
   Earth Keeper (2020)
Anthologies containing stories by N Scott Momaday
Short stories
The Transformation

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1969) : House Made of Dawn

N Scott Momaday recommends
I Knew You'd Be Lovely (2011)
Alethea Black
"When I came to the end I wanted to read the next page - or write it - but then I realized that there was no more to be said; as in the Navajo prayer, 'In beauty it is finished.'"

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