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N. Scott Momaday reads his poetry and tells Kiowa stories at the Heard Museum.

Video: N. Scott Momaday Reads Poetry and Tells Kiowa Stories at the Heard Museum


N. Scott Momaday, the celebrated Kiowa writer, teacher, artist and storyteller, “has devoted much of his life to safeguarding oral tradition and other aspects of Indian culture,” as PBS describes it on the website for the documentary series New Perspectives on the West, in which Momaday appeared.

He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize as well as received the dubious distinction of having some of his work banned in the Arizona school system.

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Currently on display at the Heard Museum is an exhibit of Momaday’s art and poetry that runs though November 2.

“In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright, N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) is an artist who has illustrated many of his books and poetry,” the museum says on its website. “The Heard presents this unique exhibit, which pairs Momaday’s paintings and monoprints with selections from his writing to create a powerful blend of the two.”

Below we see him at an earlier reading at the Heard, posted by Lizard Light Productions.

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