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N. Scott Momaday receiving National Medal of Arts, 2007. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) is a Kiowa-Cherokee American poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.[1]


N. Scott Momaday, the son of the writer Natachee Scott Momaday and the painter Al Momaday, was born on February 27, 1934 at the Kiowa-Comanche Indian Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. He is enrolled in the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma but also has Cherokee heritage from his mother.[1]

Momaday's novel House Made of Dawn led to the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969.

Momaday founded and operates the Rainy Mountain Foundation[2] and Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit organization working to preserve native cultures.[3] He paints in watercolors and illustrated his own book, In the Bear's House.


In 1992, Momaday received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.[4]

He was awarded a 2007 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush.[5]

N. Scott Momaday received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 9, 2010.

He was also featured in the Ken Burns and Stephen Ives' documentary, The West, for his masterful retelling of Kiowa history and legend. Momaday is also featured in another PBS documentary concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Momaday is the Oklahoma Centennial Poet Laureate[6]


  • "I sometimes think the contemporary white American is more culturally deprived than the Indian."[7]
  • "I simply kept my goal in mind and persisted. Perseverance is a large part of writing."[7]



  • Angle of Geese, and other poems. Boston: Godine, 1974.
  • The Gourd Dancer. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.
  • Again the Far Morning: New and selected poems. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2011.



  • House Made of Dawn. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
  • The Ancient Child: A novel. New York: Doubleday, 1989.

Short fictionEdit

  • The Journey of Tai-Me. Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, 1967; Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.


  • The Way to Rainy Mountain (illustrated by Al Momaday). Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1969.
  • The Names: A memoir. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.
  • Charles Woodard, Ancestral Voice: Conversations with N. Scott Momaday. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
  • Matthias Schubnell, Conversations with N. Scott Momaday. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1997.


  • Circle of Wonder: A native American Christmas story. Santa Fe, NM: Clear Light, 1994.

Collected editionsEdit

  • In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and poems, 1961-1991. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.
  • The Man Made of Words: Essays, stories, passages. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
  • In the Bear's House. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.


Except where noted, bibliographical informaation courtesy WorldCat.[9]

Audio / video Edit

  • N. Scott Momaday (cassette). Columbia, MO: American Audio Prose Library, 1983.
  • N. Scott Momaday, storyteller (cassette). Santa Fe, NM: Lotus Press, 1989.
  • Momaday: Voice of the west (VHS). Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, 1996.
  • N. Scott Momaday: Readings and anecdotes (VHS). Bremerton, WA: Olympic College, 1994.
  • N. Scott Momaday (VHS). Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1995
    • (DVD). Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003.

Except where noted, discographical informaation courtesy WorldCat.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Steed, Patricia L. "Momaday, N. Scott (1934-)." Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  2. "Santa Fe NM 87505 - Tax Exempt Organizations." Tax Exempt World. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  3. Staff, January 2009, "N. Scott Momaday", Smithsonian Q&A, Vol. 39, Issue 10, 25 pgs., accessed = 04-25-2009
  4. List of NWCA Lifetime Achievement Awards, accessed 6 Aug 2010.
  6. Van Deventer, M. J. "Bush adding to poet's honors." Daily Oklahoman. 15 Nov 2007 (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "N. Scott Momaday, PhD." Academy of Achievement. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
  8. Frederick Goddard Tuckerman 1821-1873. Poetry Foundation, Web, Dec. 22, 2012.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Search results = au:N. Scott Momaday, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 19, 2014.

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