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The way to rainy mountain
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The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) is a book by Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday.
About the essay
About the writer
Navarre Scott Momaday
Born in 1934 in Lawton, Oklahoma
He is a Native American author of Kiowa descent.
He was a novelist, scholar, painter, printmaker & above all
More about Author:
bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Mexico
Momaday won a poetry fellowship to the creative writing program at Stanford University.
Earned a doctorate in English literature in 1963 and taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara
His works focuses on the Native Indian traditions.
University Of New Mexico
The author: Then and Now
Won a poetry fellowship to the creative writing program at Stanford University.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,
St. Louis Literary Award,
New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
Neustadt International Prize for Literature
designated UNESCO Artist
receiving the National Medal of Arts from
former U.S. president George W. Bush in
migrated to Oklahoma.
Food source: American bison
habitation: Tipi/Skin lodge
It was difficult,relentless journey that led them to a
Kiowas became friend with the Crows(Ancient tribe)
Crows gave them culture and religion of the plains that helped them to emerge as a competative tribe.
"Eight children were there at play, seven sisters and their brother. Suddenly the boy was struck dumb; he trembled and began to run upon his hands and feet.His fingers became claws, and his body was covered with fur. Directly there was a bear where the boy had been. The sisters were terrified; they ran, and the bear after them. They came to the stump of a great tree, and the tree spoke to them. It bade them climb upon it, and as they did so it began to rise into the air. The bear came to kill them, but they were just beyond its reach. It reared against the tree and scored the bark all around with its claws. The seven sisters were borne in to the sky, and they became the stars of the Big Dipper". (Par.8)
Entered the world through a hollow log
Migration was the fruit of an old prophecy
Emerged from a sunless world.
Standing at the wood stove on a winter morning
long, rambling prayers.
The last time, grandmother prayed standing by the side of her bed at night.
Long, black hair always drawn and braided.
"But that was illusion, I think I knew that I should not see her again."
Descriptive essay- Detailed observation, creates image like of rainy mountain, hardest weather, grandmother, etc.
Use of simile like breasts like shawl.
"The way to Rainy Mountain" combines his personal, familial and tribal stories about Kiowas tracing his ancestral roots back to the beginning of the Kiowa tribe.
Before the historic migration of Kiowas,it was believed that they lived in the high mountain areas of Wichita Range .
They inhabited the Yellowstone area.
It was naturally rich and beautiful.
It had deep lakes,thick forest,canyons and waterfalls.
From the edges of the forest,horizons could be seen in every direction.
The Kiowas shared the Yellowstone area with wild animals like Elk,Badger,Bear etc.