Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oklahoma City University.
Momaday, an Oklahoma native of Kiowa descent, won the 1969 Pulitzer for fiction for his novel, “House Made of Dawn.” The book, which draws upon Momaday's own experiences on a reservation, includes realistic depictions of American Indian culture.
Critic Kenneth Lincoln, writing in 1983, credited Momaday with launching a new era of American Indian literature; Lincoln called the movement the Native American Renaissance.
In 2007, Momaday was awarded the Presidential National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists and art patrons in the United States.
He will speak at OCU's Meinders School of Business at NW 27 and McKinley Ave. The event will open with a preview of a documentary by Momaday's daughter, Jill Momaday.
Admission is free. Momaday's books will be available for purchase at the event.
“Scott Momaday is at least a quintuple threat,” OCU President Robert Henry said in a news release. “He is a novelist, an artist, a lyric oralist, a historian and above all, a poet. He is a man of several worlds, worlds of the Kiowas of his birth and blood, the Navajos and Pueblos of his youth, the classical writers and contemporary scholars of his university days at Stanford and at the worlds where he has taught: Moscow, Siberia, France, Italy and others.”
Momaday was the first professor to teach American literature at the University of Moscow in Russia, according to the release. He was the Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate in 2007, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and received UNESCO's Artist for Peace Award. He is the founder and chairman of The Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit foundation supporting the efforts of indigenous communities to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity.
His literary works include “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” “The Gourd Dancer,” “The Names: A Memoir” and “In the Bear's House,” among others.
For more information, call 208-5290 or 208-5898.