The Way to Rainy Mountain | Study Guide

N. Scott Momaday

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The Way to Rainy Mountain | Glossary


Black Hills: a mountain range in South Dakota

Blackfoot: a Native American tribe of the northern plains; members still live in Montana and Idaho

Comanche: a Native American tribe, originally part of the Shoshone tribe, that lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico; the name means "enemy" in the Ute language

Crow: a Native American tribe primarily located in Montana and Wyoming; their name for themselves is Apsaalooke, which translates to "children of the large-beaked bird"

Do-giagya guat: a "tipi with battle pictures" destroyed in 1872–73; owned by the Kiowa chief Dohasan, it was important in ceremonies

Kwuda: "coming out"; a name the Kiowa used for themselves

medicine: spiritual, and often physical, wellness; items, people, and places can all have strong medicine

peyote: a small, spineless, hallucinogenic cactus primarily found in the Chihuahuan Desert; used in sacred rituals in several Native American tribes

Tai-me: a doll dressed in a robe of white feathers and bearing representative art; sacred and only exposed to view during the Sun Dance

talyi-da-i: "boy medicine"; a term from a Kiowa legend in which a boy divided his body into 10 bundles of medicine for the Kiowa people

Ute: a Native American tribe with expansive territory, including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada; three distinct Ute tribes still live in these regions

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