Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Native American scholar, and poet N. Scott Momaday has been hailed as “the dean of American Indian writers” by The New York Times. He crafts — in language and imagery — majestic landscapes of a sacred culture.
Named a UNESCO Artist for Peace and Oklahoma’s poet laureate, he was also a recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts for “introducing millions worldwide to the essence of Native American culture.” Momaday was the first Native American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, House Made of Dawn. His most recent volume, Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems, was released in 2011.
His other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the “Mondello,” Italy’s highest literary honor. His works include The Way to Rainy Mountain, The Names: A Memoir, The Ancient Child, and a new collection, Three Plays, which celebrates Kiowa history and culture. He was featured in the Ken Burns documentary The West, which showcased his masterful retelling of Kiowa history and mythology.
Momaday is the founder of The Buffalo Trust, dedicated to the preservation of Native American culture and heritage. He has held tenured teaching posts at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Arizona and received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Behind his printed work beats the heart of the oral storyteller, keeping alive — in myths and memories — the people persecuted and the land lost. “In the oral tradition,” says Momaday, “stories are not told merely to entertain or instruct. They are told to be believed. Stories are realities lived and believed. They are true.”
There are two films currently being made about Momaday. The first, Return to Rainy Mountain, directed by his daughter Jill, will tell the personal story of his life and career, focusing on family cultural heritage, identity, and love. Additionally, PBS is producing an American Masters entry on Momaday due out in 2018.
- Return to Rainy Mountain is a "Living Story" on N. Scott Momaday (2015)
- Momaday on Imagination and Language (2014)
- Momaday at The Cry of the Earth conference at the United Nations (2013)
- N. Scott Momaday: A Man Made of Words
- When Dogs Could Talk: A Story (2014)
- A Different Set of Principals: Indigenous Learnings (2014)
- N. Scott Momaday at the Heard Museum (2012)
- Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems
- House Made of Dawn
- Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
- Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, the Moon in Two Windows (Oklahoma Stories &...
- The Way to Rainy Mountain
- Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages
- In the Bear's House
- The Names: A Memoir
- In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991
- The Ancient Child