Scott Momaday on Native American Authors

Native American Authors

N. Scott Momaday, 1934-


N. Scott Momaday was born in Lawton, but grew up on the Navajo Reservation. Momaday earned his M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Stanford University in 1960 and 1963 respectively. He has garnered critical acclaim for his focus on Kiowa traditions, customs and beliefs, and is also recognized as one of the most successful contemporary Native American literary figures. Momaday’s writings are greatly influenced by oral tradition. He is professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a consultant of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts since 1970.

Awards and Honors

Academy of American Poets Prize, 1962
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1969
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1966/67
National Institute of Arts and Letters grant, 1970


Online resources by or about N. Scott Momaday:

The Buffalo Trust
Author: The Buffalo Trust
Type: authorbio
Description: Web site for The Buffalo Trust, a non-profit foundation for the preservation and return of their cultural heritage to Native Americans, founded and chaired by N. Scott Momaday. Site includes a vision statement, mission statement, and a bio of Momaday.

IPL Online Literary Criticism: N. Scott Momaday
Author: Internet Public Library
Type: authorbio
Description: Collection of links to biographical and critical sites about Momaday and his works.

Keeper of the Flame by N. Scott Momaday
Type: authorbio
Description: Interview with N. Scott Momaday discussing his role as an on-screen commentator in Ken Burn’s The West, and biographical information.

Modern American Poetry: N. Scott Momaday
Author: Kenneth M. Roemer
Type: authorbio
Description: Site is divided into sections such as: Biographical, Literary and Multicultural Contexts, Momaday on the American West, A Collection of Quotations Relating to N. Scott Momaday’s Poetry, and Momaday’s Shield Paintings.

Writer: N. Scott Momaday
Author: Canku Ota
Type: authorbio
Description: An article about N. Scott Momaday from the 5/6/00 issue of Canku Ota – A Newsletter Celebrating Native America.

Books by N. Scott Momaday:

Momaday, N. Scott. The Ancient Child