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Momaday, N. Scott

Kenneth M. Roemer


It is rare to find a history of contemporary Native American literature that does not begin with 1968. In that year, N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn appeared; in 1969, he won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel and published The Way to Rainy Mountain . These two books and the Pulitzer were breakthrough events that inspired other American Indian authors and initiated what is often called the Native American Renaissance. Before 1968, Momaday published an edition of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman's poems and a privately printed collection of Kiowa and family narratives; since 1969, Momaday has published another novel, two more mixed genre works, four volumes of poetry, two essay collections, three children's books, three plays, and enough poems and essays to fill the 152-page Momaday's “Works” section in Morgan's (2010) bibliography. As well as the Pulitzer, Momaday's numerous other honors include a Guggenheim award and the National Medal of Arts. As important as his contributions are to the development of contemporary literature, it could be argued that he, and indeed any American Indian author, does not belong in a post colonial encyclopedia. In significant legal and social ways, the Indians are still colonials. On the other hand, many Native authors do deserve important places in postcolonial histories because they demonstrate how literature can be firmly grounded in specific ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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