N. Scott Momaday reflects on how Native stories shaped his imagination

From the archives

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N. Scott Momaday is the author of "Earth Keeper" and a Pulitzer prize winner.
Courtesy of Jill Momaday.

N. Scott Momaday draws inspiration from his Native American heritage, the grandeur of the New Mexico landscape and his world travels.

Novelist Oscar Hokeah shares the sentiment. He calls on the collective wisdom and voices of his Kiowa and Cherokee community in Oklahoma to bring to life a multi-generational family drama in his new book, “Calling for a Blanket Dance.”

You’ll hear Hokeah’s conversation with Miller on this Friday’s Big Books and Bold Ideas show. In the meantime, enjoy Miller’s similarly themed discussion with Momaday, from the special 2021 Talking Volumes series that centered on race.


  • N. Scott Momaday is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller whose works celebrate and preserve Native American heritage.

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