Scott Momaday (Kiowa) is an author of novels, poetry,
and plays, and wrote the screenplay for the film based on his
first book, House Made of Dawn. In 2004 Momaday was designated
a UNESCO Artist for Peace for his work as a writer and painter,
and as the founder of the Buffalo Trust, a non-profit organization
supporting cultural heritage programs in Native American communities.
Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for House
Made of Dawn, the story of a World War II veteran's struggles
to adjust to civilian life in Los Angeles and rural New Mexico.
He also received a 1966/67 Guggenheim Fellowship. His publications
include In the Bear's House (1999), which incorporates
dialogues between the Creator and the Bear, poetry, and illustration;
and The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969), which intersperses
personal history with traditional Kiowa stories. A radio adaptation
of Momaday's play The Indolent Boys was produced by the
Autry National Center in 2003 and broadcast by AIROS. Momaday
is a founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian
and sits on the board of the First Nations Development Institute.
He received a PhD in English from Stanford University and is a
professor of the Humanities at the University of Arizona. Momaday
was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, and grew up in New Mexico, where
he lives today.
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N. Scott Momaday - photograph by Nancy Crampton; N. Scott Momaday
- courtesy of Buffalo Trust