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N. Scott Momaday
House Made of Dawn is told in the third person by multiple, limited-view narrators. Within this structure, the author includes flashbacks, letters, journals, sermons, and rapidly shifting layered voices. This layered and fluid narrative structure is an element of the Native American literary tradition in which a story is composed by more than one voice over periods of time.
House Made of Dawn is written in the past tense.
The title House Made of Dawn originates in a Navajo prayer―the Night Chant. The Night Chant is a healing prayer meant to help someone who is ill return to a natural harmony with the world and with life. Abel's life experiences have left him injured in his spirit or mind, and it is after sharing this prayer, that this central character returns to his home and seems to begin the healing process.
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