The Way to Rainy Mountain Author:N. Scott Momaday The Way to Rainy Mountain is a reflection in native art and literature of a particular historical migration. Three hundred years agao the Kiowa Indians began a journey from the headwaters of the Yellowstone River in what is now western Montana to their present home in the southern Plains. In the course of that migration a cultural and psychologi... more »cal revolution occurred.
The Kiowas began their journey as a divided and oppressed people; they ended it it with honor and glory. Very early they acquired Tai-me, the sacred Sun Dance doll, which became at once their most powerful medicine and the symbol of their spiritual well-being. They acquired the cold, hard disposition of warriors. When they entered upon the southern Plains, they were prepared to stand to their full stature as a people, to take hold of their destiny. For a hundred years they were lords of the land.
The book recalls the journey of Tai-me -- and of Tai-me's people -- in three unique voices: the legendary, the historical, and the contemporary. It is also the personal journey of N. Scott Momaday, who on pilgrimage to the grave of his Kiowa grandmother traversed the same route taken by his forebears, and in so doing confronted his Kiowa heritage. It is an evocation of three things in particular: a landscape that is incomparable, a time that is gone forever, and the human spirit, which endures.
A Kiowa Indian, N. Scott Momaday is associate professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His father, Al Momaday, is a well-known and distinguished contemporary Kiowa painter, and his mother, Natachee Scott Momaday, is a Kiowa-Cherokee author of several books.« less