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Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain

Editor(s): Kenneth M. Roemer

Pages: xii & 172 pp.
Published: 1988
ISBN: 9780873525107

"The seventeen essays collected here, plus Roemer's excellent survey of reference works, critical studies, and teaching aids, make Momaday's work accessible and intelligible in consistently clear and informed prose."
American Indian Quarterly

"[Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain] will doubtless prove valuable to college instructors and high school teachers as well. Moreover, much of it stands on its own as fascinating material for the independent reader of Momaday's work and of Native American literature in general."
Books of the Southwest


The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

The 1969 Pulitzer Prize winner for literature, N. Scott Momaday is considered one of the greatest of twentieth-century Native American writers. The Way to Rainy Mountain, the author's personal favorite among his works, combines contemporary Indian prose and poetry with tribal history, autobiography, lyric versions of tribal narratives, and songs. Its diversity has proved valuable to teachers of a wide range of subjects, including American literature, comparative literature, history, sociology, anthropology, and English composition.

This Approaches to Teaching volume, like the others in the series, is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys materials useful to classroom instruction (such as anthologies, reference works, teachers' guides, and audiovisual aids), discusses bibliographic and biographical information, and includes sections on Momaday's other works and on oral and written Native American literatures. Part 2, "Approaches," includes seventeen essays by contributors who have taught Rainy Mountain in a variety of settings, from large state and small private universities to Indian community-based projects. An interview with the respected Kiowa leader Gary Kodaseet concludes the section.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain

PART 1: MATERIALS
Kenneth M. Roemer

Editions

Other Works by Momaday

Reference Works

Background Studies
Biography
Culture
American Indian Literary Genres

Critical Studies

Teaching Guides and Audiovisual Aids

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction

Biographical, Cultural, and Generic Contexts

Tribal Identity and the Imagination
Matthias Schubnell

The Way to Rainy Mountain: Arrow of History, Spiral of Myth
Lawana Trout

The Way to Rainy Mountain and the Traditional Forms of American Indian Autobiography
H. David Brumble III

Critical Contexts: Forms

Exploring the Ways to Rainy Mountain
Joan Henley

The Way to Rainy Mountain: Structure and Language
Robert L. Berner

The Way to Rainy Mountain: Internal and External Structures
William Oandasan

Image and Silence
Helen Jaskoski

Critical Contexts: Themes

Momaday and the Evocation of Identity
Gretchen M. Bataille

Discovering Our Natural Resources in Language and Place
Norma C. Wilson

Beneath the Stars: Images of the Sacred
Susan Scarberry-García

Pedagogical Contexts: Composition Courses

Gathering the Past: The Way to Rainy Mountain in Freshman Composition Courses
Lauri Anderson

From Israel to Oklahoma: The Way to Rainy Mountain, Composition, and Cross-Cultural Awareness
David Hoehner

College Composition: An Experience in Ethnographic Thinking
Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist

Pedagogical Contexts: Literature Courses

Journey into the Wilderness: American Literature and The Way to Rainy Mountain
J. Frank Papovich

Momaday's Pastoral Vision in the Contexts of Modern Ethnic and Mainstream American Fiction
Vernon E. Lattin

The Indian as Purveyor of the Sacred Earth: Avoiding Nostalgic Readings of The Way to Rainy Mountain
Kathryn S. Vangen

The Way to Rainy Mountain in a Community-Based Oral Narratives Course for Cree and Ojibway Students
Agnes Grant

Epilogue

An Interview with Gary Kodaseet Conducted by Kenneth M. Roemer

Appendixes

Selected Comparative Possibilities

Basic Chronology Relating to The Way to Rainy Mountain

Works Cited

Index




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