The Way to Rainy Mountain
UNM Press, 1969 - Biography & Autobiography - 88 pages
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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Review: The Way to Rainy MountainUser 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
Review: The Way to Rainy MountainUser 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
The Setting Out
The Going On
The Closing In