N. Scott Momaday

American poet, novelist, and artist. Born into the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma, Momaday grew up on several Indian reservations in the American Southwest. After earning a B.A. at the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. at Stanford University, he has taught poetry and Native oral tradition at a number of universities and designed the graduate program in Indian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Momaday's Pulitzer Prize–winning novel House Made of Dawn (1968) was a breakthrough not only for him but for American Indian writers in general. Momaday has written several volumes of poetry, most recently Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems (2011); the autobiographical works The Names: A Memoir (1976) and The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages (1997); and collections of Kiowa folk-tales, including The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) and Four Arrows & Magpie: A Kiowa Story (2006). See also poets.org/poetsorg/poet/n-scott-momaday.