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The Death Of Sitting Bear


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N. Scott Momaday was born in 1934 in Lawton, Oklahoma. A internationally renowned poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller, his accomplishments in literature, scholarship, and the arts have established him as an enduring American master. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors that include the Pulitzer Prize, a National Medal of Arts, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. He lives in New Mexico.


[A] generous collection . . . . each poem reflects a lifetime of writing across the intersections of history, identity, and language. This accessible compendium allows readers to savor the life's work of an unparalleled poet.--Booklist
A gem of a collection. . . . Soulful, heartfelt, beautifully constructed, and technically brilliant, this is a book written by one of our most important and unique voices.--Fjords
An admirable capstone to a distinguished literary career, this splendid selection should be a treasure for Momaday's readers and an excellent introduction for those new to Native American writing.--Library Journal (starred review)
"Firmly steeped in Kiowa heritage and indigenous oral storytelling traditions, Momaday breathes in the spirit of the Southwest and breathes out masterful imagery onto the page. The poems beg to be read aloud in order to savor the taste of the language, each word carefully chosen to evoke shape, sound, sight, feeling and history with the weight of its intention. . . . This incredibly personal collection of poems presents deep reflections on the natural world, indigenous history and the nature of humans, animals and God."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"These are the poems of a master poet, born of an age when our ears were not so bent towards digital production. Or should I say, these are the poems of a bear who has walked through several generations and stands before us, breathing clouds into a cold dawn, bearing this book of poetry. The bear's journey is mythic, a migration through tragedy and beauty, over lands rich with horses and stories. When you read these poems, you will learn to hear deeply the sound a soul makes as it sings about the mystery of dreaming and becoming."--Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation, U.S. Poet Laureate

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