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SAR Alumnus N. Scott Momaday Adds Two More to his List of Awards

Nov 1, 2017

N. Scott Momaday recently added two more awards to the long list of honors he’s claimed. A novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet, Scott Momaday received a 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award in Santa Fe as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. The mayor’s award was presented at an honorees’ dinner and ceremony on October 27. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented during the Santa Fe film festival on October 19 prior to a screening of Return to Rainy Mountain, a film by his daughter Jill Momaday Gray about her father and the cultural history of the Kiowa people.

N. Scott Momaday at SAR

SAR is proud to claim Scott Momaday as an alumnus. He arrived at the School in 1989 as the Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar. His relationship with the School grew from there and he came back to campus from 2006–2010 as a senior scholar.

Momaday grew up in Arizona. His experiences there provided him an understanding of his father’s Kiowa traditions, as well as those of the Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo people. He has published more than a dozen books of folklore, poetry, novels, memoirs and children’s books. His 1968 novel, House Made of Dawn, garnered the first Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to a Native American writer. Momaday is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other honors too numerous to mention.

We at SAR add our appreciation of Scott Momaday’s work to his seemingly endless list of admirers. Congratulations, Scott.

SAR has been for me a time and place of contemplation, good work, and fellowship—and above all, inspiration. I have been greatly blessed by the men and women who have walked these grounds with me. Here there is an air of challenge, well-being, and something like creative mischief. Deo gratias for such alchemy.
— N. Scott Momaday

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