The Way to Rainy Mountain

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UNM Press, 1969 - Biography & Autobiography - 88 pages
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First published in paperback by UNM Press in 1976,The Way to Rainy Mountainhas sold over 200,000 copies.

"The paperback edition ofThe Way to Rainy Mountainwas first published twenty-five years ago. One should not be surprised, I suppose, that it has remained vital, and immediate, for that is the nature of story. And this is particularly true of the oral tradition, which exists in a dimension of timelessness. I was first told these stories by my father when I was a child. I do not know how long they had existed before I heard them. They seem to proceed from a place of origin as old as the earth.

"The stories inThe Way to Rainy Mountainare told in three voices. The first voice is the voice of my father, the ancestral voice, and the voice of the Kiowa oral tradition. The second is the voice of historical commentary. And the third is that of personal reminiscence, my own voice. There is a turning and returning of myth, history, and memoir throughout, a narrative wheel that is as sacred as language itself."--from the new Preface


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A fascinating blend of myth, prose, and poetry. - Goodreads
Startlingly fresh in his approach to storytelling. - Goodreads
Beautiful illustrations by his father, Al Momaday. - Goodreads
November 2004 Book Club Selection - Goodreads

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User Review  - Thomas Simard - Goodreads

A wonderful experience - the images both from his prose and his father's drawings will stay with me. A book to be slowly savored. Read full review

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User Review  - Lindsay - Goodreads

This collection of mythology, legends, and history of the Kiowa Indians was interesting, unique, and unusual. I've never read anything like this, so I don't have a great frame of reference to compare ... Read full review


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About the author (1969)

Navarre Scott Momaday was born on February 27, 1934 in Lawton, Okla. to Kiowa parents who successfully bridged the gap between Native American and white ways, but remained true to their heritage. Momaday attended the University of New Mexico and earned an M.A and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1963. A member of the Gourd Dance Society of the Kiowa Tribe, Momaday has received a plethora of writing accolades, including the Academy of American Poets prize for The Bear and the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for House Made of Dawn. He also shared the Western Heritage Award with David Muench in 1974 for the nonfiction book Colorado: Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring, and he is the author of the film adaptation of Frank Water's novel, The Man Who Killed the Deer. His work, The Names is composed of tribal tales, boyhood memories, and family histories. Another book, The Way to Rainy Mountain, melds myth, history, and personal recollection into a Kiowa tribe narrative. Throughout his writings, Momaday celebrate his Kiowa Native American heritage in structure, theme, and subject matter, often dealing with the man-nature relationship as a central theme and sustaining the Indian oral tradition.

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