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N. Scott Momaday

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N. Scott Momaday, Epilogue t was ... a quest, a going forth upon the way to Rainy Mountain. Sources: Conversations with N. Scott Momaday edited by Matthias Schubnell,Encyclopaedia Britannica, Oklahoma Historical Society Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Peyote A hallucinogen used in several Native American rituals Talyi-da-i “Boy medicine”; worshipped as part of the Kiowacreation myth Medicine Refers to the essence of items, people, and places Key Structure Personal Recollection Seeking an understanding of his identity, Momaday discusses his thoughts and impressions as he journeys to his ancestral homelands. Historical Record Momaday recounts Kiowa history, including the tribe's journey south from western Montana to the Great Plains and its defeat by the U.S. cavalry. Ancestral Voice Momaday interweaves Kiowa mythsand folklore throughout his narrative to preserve the culture and history passed down to him by his family. Momaday’s role in the birthof modern Native American literature in English cannot be overstated. He is best known for his 1969 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel House Made of Dawn. He workedto preserve Native American heritage through such organizations as theMuseum of the American Indian and the Buffalo Trust. N. SCOTT MOMADAYBORN 1934 Author Kiowa stories mythologize the tribe’s transformation into horse-riding nomads. Folklore & Legends Tai-me, the Sun Dance doll, played a central role in Kiowa religion until 1887. Tai-me & the Sun Dance A nomadic tribe, the Kiowa evaded surrender to the United States until the 19th century. Kiowa The Way to Rainy Mountain recounts Momaday’s story of going to his homeland upon the death of his grandmother. Momaday uses memoir, history, and tribal folklore to explore the history of his people and his Kiowa identity. Storytelling inThree Voices CONTEXT English Original Language 1969 Year Published N. Scott Momaday Author The Way toRainy Mountain Memoir Nonfiction

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