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OCU Hosts Native American Poet/Storyteller N. Scott Momaday

Oklahoma City University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday for a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. The presentation is free to the public.

The event will open with a preview of a documentary by Momaday’s daughter, Jill Momaday.

Momaday received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969 for his novel, “House Made of Dawn.” He was awarded the Presidential National Medal of Arts in 2007.

“Scott Momaday is at least a quintuple threat. He is a novelist, an artist, a lyric oralist, a historian and above all, a poet,” OCU President Robert Henry said. “He is a man of several worlds, worlds of the Kiowas of his birth and blood, the Navajos and Pueblos of his youth, the classical writers and contemporary scholars of his university days at Stanford and at the worlds where he has taught: Moscow, Siberia, France, Italy and others.”

Momaday is best known for his poetry and storytelling abilities. He is also an accomplished playwright, painter and drawer.

He was the first professor to teach American literature at the University of Moscow in Russia. He was the Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate in 2007, has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and received UNESCO’s Artist for Peace Award. He is the founder and chairman of The Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit foundation supporting the efforts of indigenous communities to preserve and perpetuate their cultural identity.

Some of his other literary works include “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” “Angel of Geese,” “The Names: A Memoir,” “In the Bear’s House” and others.

For Oklahoma City University’s presentation, Momaday will read from his most beloved works and sign books after the event. Books will be available for purchase.

The event is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. Red Earth Inc. is an event partner.

For more information, call (405) 208-5290 or (405) 208-5898.