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    A knoll in Oklahoma that is north and west of the Wichita Range, known as an old landmark of the Kiowas called Rainy Mountain, is a place of hard weather climates. A place of rivers, creeks, groves, willow, and witch hazel. The landscape is a place where your imagination can flourish. Scott Momaday visits Rainy Mountain to pay his respects to their grandmother at her grave. The grandmother had died at a very old age with her face that of a child. She was born while the Kiowas were still living well. The Kiowas had an alliance with the Comanche and both were very fine horsemen who had ruled much of the land for many years. However, shortcomings in their warfare strategy soon became their downfall as they failed to beat U.S. Cavalry as they became divided and ended up in…

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    Scott Momaday's Childhood

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    enabled Momaday to participate in his father’s Kiowa traditions and some of the Southwest including: Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo traditions. Throughout Momaday 's writing his use of myths and legends from his culture (Kiowa) and his traditions, beliefs, morals, and conflicts have influenced American literature as well as his own life. He tell us stories of his mentors/ancestors and old myths/legends and how they lived around them. Until the Cavalry invasion in which his ancestors lost their…

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    pose a major danger to travellers and settlements. Also, when young Comanches went to war, After they killed their enemy, they would scalp their enemy's head. After a comanches' death, they would wrap the body with a quilt. Then, they would place the body on the back of a horse, and search for an appropriate burial site. The reservation life for Comanches started in 1869. The Treaty of Medicine Lodge was signed in 1867 in Kansas with the Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, Cheyenne and Arapaho. The…

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    Creation Myth Analysis

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    saw the woman fall through the hole and did nothing to help her. The animals were the ones to save the woman and supply her with the dirt needed to survive. The muskrat knew the consequences of diving and was willing to give his life to convey a handful of dirt from the ocean floor (36). In contrary, the animals referred to in The Way to Rainy Mountain, were violent and aggressive. For example, the bear, as mentioned in the Kiowa’s creation myth, was also violent and aggressive. The bear (once a…

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    Alice Walker recounts and compares her life before and after her accident. An account that left a beautiful and outgoing individual with a destroyed self-image. Walker traces her experiences throughout her life with this change to her image and displays how outside factors affect an individual 's self-worth. N. Scott Momaday constructs a different way of telling his story. He reflects his background and ultimately how it affected him. His story not only represents the actual development of the…

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    author 's childhood and ancestral history in the Kiowa village of Rainy Mountain Creek. He speaks about the various traditions of the Kiowa tribe, the preservation of memory, the geography of the "mountain", the importance of family, and the traditional values of the tribe versus the invading european "white" culture. However, I believe that the main focus of this memoir is the Kiowa Tribe itself and its traditions. In the first paragraph, Momaday explains the geography of the Rainy Mountain.…

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    lived the lively summer people who called themselves the Kiowas. They were at the height of their time, thriving in a prosperous age — that is, until the unexpected arrival of the fearsome United States. These invaders divided the Kiowas and took their homeland. But this is no fairy tale; there would be no hero to save them from these dark times. N. Scott Momaday’s autobiography, “The Way to the Rainy Mountain” asserts and informs the audience of the negative impact the U.S. had on the Kiowa…

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    Response to N. Scott Momaday and Toni Morrison The writer Navarre Scott Momaday, Kiowa Indian, grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1934. Momaday parents are Al Momaday and Natachee Scott. Navarre did not have any siblings He was an only child and grew up on the reservation where his writings began to shape and form. Momaday became interested in writing poetry and literature at an early age because his parent’s background was in artist and the teaching profession. They worked for a small school on…

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    Kansas Rock Art

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    Along with Paleoindian and Archaic peoples, in the 1981 work O’Neill concludes that there are ten possible tribes to which rock art can possibly attributed to in specific ranges: Various Plains Apache groups, Comanche, Kiowa, Kiowa Apache bands, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Wichita, Pawnee, Osage, and Kanza. He also suggests that the sites “… could be measured in hundreds of years rather than thousands” (O’Neill 1981, 26). This is a broad range of traditions and peoples to filter through at any given…

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    century. In 1867, the Kiowa moved to a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma. Their name was most given with the meaning “Principle People”. Today they are federally recognized as Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma with headquarters in Carnegie, Oklahoma.The Kiowa language is still spoken today and is part of the Tanoan language family. As of 2011, there are 12,000 members. The Kiowa emerged as a distinct people in their original homeland of the northern Missouri River Basin. Searching for more lands of…

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