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.
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