Into the main­stream

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

House Made of Dawn, the 1968 novel of Je­mez Pue­blo life and Los An­ge­les ur­ban In­di­ans by N. Scott Mo­ma­day, is widely cred­ited with bring­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture into the Amer­i­can main­stream. More than 40 years af­ter its pub­li­ca­tion, the 76-year-old Kiowa-Chero­kee writer is still at it, hav­ing re­cently re­ceived an hon­orary doc­tor­ate from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago. In An Evening of Na­tive

Lit­er­ary Arts, part of the events sur­round­ing In­dian Mar­ket, Mo­ma­day speaks in Santa Fe on Thurs­day, Aug. 19, cour­tesy of the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts.

Also speak­ing is Luci Ta­pa­honso, a Navajo poet and pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona. As a child, the Shiprock na­tive spoke Diné be­fore she learned English; she crafts her po­ems in the Navajo lan­guage and then trans­lates them into English — a rar­ity among Na­tive Amer­i­can writ­ers — thus pre­serv­ing the rhythms of her na­tive tongue. Her 1997 book Blue Horses Rush

In gained an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for its vivid de­pic­tions of con­tem­po­rary Na­tive life.

Both writ­ers will be in­ter­viewed by James Thomas Stevens, an Ak­we­sasne Mo­hawk poet who teaches at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts in Santa Fe. The writ­ers speak at 6 p.m. at Col­lected Works Book­store, 202 Gal­is­teo St. For more in­for­ma­tion, call SWAIA at 983-5220.

— Casey Sanchez

N. Scott Mo­ma­day

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