N. Scott Momaday

Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, poet, artist, storyteller, and teacher, N. Scott Momaday was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1934 and is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1963 and has taught at Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Arizona, and, most recently, the University of Oklahoma. He has twice been nominated for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and served on the 1984 jury for the award. Momaday is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, House Made of Dawn (1968), and his latest book, a collection of three plays, was just published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Children of the Sun initially premiered at the Kennedy Center in 1997. Oklahoma governor Brad Henry named Momaday the 2007 Poet Laureate for the state of Oklahoma, which celebrates its centennial this year. Currently, he is a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  •  Sept. 2007 WLT My friend, the late Vine Deloria Jr., once chided me for remarking too often a time when dogs could talk. I had to admit that he was probably right. I had discovered that Kiowa elders used this formula to indicate something that had happened far back in time. This or that happened a long time ago when dogs could talk. It seems to me a charming and approp...