NTC: N. Scott Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain: A Journey in Storytelling

Thursday, April 4, 2013

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Ann Brigham, Roosevelt University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “House Made of Dawn.” That moment is often understood as the start of the Native American Renaissance, a period characterized by unprecedented publication of literature by American Indian writers. In this seminar, we will focus on Momaday’s 1970 work “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” a journey story in which he juxtaposes three perspectives of Kiowa culture, showing how this culture is a living, moving entity shaped by history, memory, language, imagination, and a sense of place. Taking a journey that is legendary, historical, and personal, Momaday conveys the multi-dimensional power of storytelling. Discussing these ideas and dipping into some of his other short works, we will also devote some time to student writing activities shaped by the themes of the literature.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org