The Death of Sitting Bear

The Death of Sitting Bear

New and Selected Poems

Book - 2020
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"One of the most important and unique voices in American letters, distinguished poet, novelist, artist, teacher, and storyteller N. Scott Momaday was born into the Kiowa tribe and grew up on Indian reservations in the Southwest. The customs and traditions that influenced his upbringing-most notably the Native American oral tradition-are the centerpiece of his work. This luminous collection demonstrates Momaday's mastery and love of language and the matters closest to his heart. To Momaday, words are sacred; language is power. Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday's connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape. The title poem, "The death of Sitting Bear" is a celebration of heritage and a memorial to the great Kiowa warrior and chief. "I feel his presence close by in my blood and imagination," Momaday writes, "and I sing him an honor song." Here, too, are meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the incomparable and holy landscape of the Southwest. [This book] evokes the essence of human experience and speaks to us all"--
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062961150
0062961152
9780062961167
0062961160
Branch Call Number: 813.54 M739D 2020
Characteristics: xvii, 167 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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