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N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday’s baritone voice booms from any stage. The listener, whether at the United Nations in New York City or next to the radio at home, is transported through time, known as ‘kairos”and space to Oklahoma near Carnegie, to the “sacred, red earth” of Momaday’s tribe. Born Feb. 27, 1934, Momaday’s most famous book remains 1969’s House Made of Dawn, the story of a Pueblo boy torn between the modern and traditional worlds, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and was honored by his tribe. He is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society. He is also a Regents Professor of Humanities at the University of Arizona, and has published other novels, memoir, plays and poetry. He’s been called the dean of American Indian writers, and he has influenced other contemporary Native American writers from Paula Gunn Allen to Louise Erdrich.

Momaday views his writings, published in various books over the years, as one continuous story. Influences on his writing include literature of America and Europe and the stories of the Kiowa and other tribal peoples.

“Native Americans have a unique identity,” Momaday told Native Peoples Magazine in 1998. “It was acquired over many thousands of years, and it is the most valuable thing they have. It is their essence and it must not be lost.”

Momaday founded The Buffalo Trust in the 1990s to keep the conversations about Native American traditions going. He especially wanted to give Native American children the chance to getting to know elders, and he wanted the elders to teach the children the little details of their lives that make them uniquely Native American. Once the Buffalo Trust arranged for Pueblo children to have lesson from their elders in washing their hair with yucca root as their ancestors did for as long as anyone can remember.

“In the oral tradition,” Momaday has said, “stories are not told merely to entertain or instruct. They are told to be believed. Stories are realities lived and believed.”

Program 101: Elder Wisdom

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

Barbara Roberts features Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet, N. Scott Momaday who shares narrative, storytelling and poetry. This program explores the landscape of Momaday’s childhood in Oklahoma which helped him develop a deep affinity for Kiowa sacred ground. Also, mention of the Kiowa Gourd Dance society and a reading of the Navajo Night Chant.

Barbara Roberts

Producer Barbara Roberts Barbara Roberts is the creative force behind Corporate Wordsmiths. She is the company’s founder and head-writer. After graduating from Harvard University, Barbara enjoyed a successful career in television for 15 years. Seven of those years were spent in Portland, Oregon as a reporter/anchor at KATU-Channel 2 and then KPTV-Oregon’s 12. In 1998,…

Program 104: Elder Wisdom

Zona Loans Arrow

Zona Loans Arrow

Zona Loans Arrow

with Barbara Roberts

Arlie Neskahi:

I’m Arlie Neskahi and you’re listening to Wisdom of the Elders. On today’s program honoring native women, we pay tribute to a brave and courageous young Isanti woman.

Program 103: Elder Wisdom

Onandaga Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah

Onandaga Clan Mother Audrey Shenandoah

The Cry of the Earth / Prophecy

with Barbara Roberts

Arlie Neskahi : Today, there is much confusion in the world. Global warming, famine – people search for direction for their families, communities and nations. People search for hope.

As a Navajo child, I was taught each people have their own ways and ceremonies given to them to maintain and perform. I was taught to be respectful of each tribe’s vision of the future.

In recent times, certain tribal elders have chosen to reveal their visions because they felt their message had global import.

In this program, we explore some of these prophecies.