House Made of Dawn Author:N. Scott Momaday House Made of Dawn is about the struggle of a man who cannot understand or be understood, a man who is integrated with neither the traditions of his Indian heritage nor the ways of the white world. When Abel, a mixed-blood Indian who does not even know the tribe of his own father, returns to the Walatowas Pueblo reservation after serving in Wor... more »ld War II, he feels removed from the traditions of the reservation. He drinks, kills an albino Indian who has humiliaed him, and is promptly sent to prison by a court that has no understanding of his motives or his cultural identity.
After his release from prison, Abel begins a difficult emotional journey that takes him from an assembly line in Los Angeles back to the reservation-and to a reunification with the customs of his ancestors.
In 1969, House Made of Dawn became the first novel by a Native American to win the Pulitzer Prize; it is considered a classic of the Native American literary renaissance.« less