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The Way To Rainy Mountain
Transcript of The Way To Rainy Mountain
By: N. Scott Momaday
The Kiowa Indians originated in Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. In the 1800's, the Kiowa were forced into reservations, but most of the Kiowa people are still living in Oklahoma today.
The audience of this book is anyone who is from Native American descent. Also, anyone who is knowledgeable about the migration and way of life of indians might be the audience of this book. Lastly, the audience is people who enjoy American history.
The purpose was to remind the reader that before the indians were forced to move into reservations, his grandmother, along with many other indians had a different way of life then they do now.
The speaker is Scott Momaday, a Kiowa Indian who was born in Oklahoma in 1934. He has BA in political science from the University of New Mexico, along with a PhD. in English from Stanford University. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and written many novels.
Momaday was inspired to write this book because of the death of his grandmother. This prompted him to learn even more about his heritage, and to dig deeper into Kiowa life.
The subject is Momaday reconnecting with his grandmother, and telling about the way of life of the Kiowa Indians.
- "Now that i can only have her in memory, i see my grandmother in several postures that were peculiar."
- When he is talking about his grandmother, he says "her face was that of a child".
- When Momaday gives facts about the Kiowa people. An example is when he tells that the Kiowa people migrated in the early 18th century.
1. Redish, Laura, and Orrin Lewis. "Kiowa Indian Fact Sheet." Facts for Kids: Kiowa Indians (Kiowas). Native Languages of the Americas, n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.
2. Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 19 May 2015.
This novel is studied in American literature because it allows the reader to realize that things that happened in the past can affect the way of life for the future. It shows readers how even in the past, people were always on the move, like today. Also, the structure of the novel is very unique because it is important to be able to understand different types of literature. The novel uses three voices. The first approach tells about legends and myths of the Kiowa tribe, the second tells about historical events, and the third voice tells about Momaday's personal experiences. Lastly, it is a good way for the reader to learn more about Native Americans and their lifestyle.
Why is this novel studied in literature classes?
- "The grass turns brittle and brown, and it cracks beneath your feet." Momaday uses alliteration to emphasize on the deathly image the reader gets. Also, he says "willow and witch".
Diction- "The steaming foliage seems to almost writhe with fire." His word choice here, and throughout the novel, allows him to show how hard the weather can be on plants.
popping up like corn to sting the flesh" By using this simile, the author creates a contrast from the harsh meanings of the words, and he explains what it feels like when the grasshoppers hit you.
- As Momaday talks about the the summer prairie, he says it is "an anvil's edge".
Onomatopoeia- Momaday uses "cracks" and "popping".