Approaches to Teaching Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain
- Editor: Kenneth M. Roemer
- Pages: xii & 172 pp.
- Published: 1988
- ISBN: 9780873525107 (Paperback)
“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.”
“[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.”
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.