Release Date: 2/28/2001
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will present "An Evening with N. Scott Momaday," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the Walton Fine Arts Building.
The event is part of U of O's Walton Arts & Ideas Series. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling (501) 979-1349.
Momaday is a Native American poet, novelist, playwright, painter, storyteller and professor of English and American literature. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel, House Made of Dawn.
Born a Kiowa in the Oklahoma Dustbowl, Momaday was raised on reservations in the Southwest. Among his chief interests are Native American art and oral tradition. He has been called "the dean of American Indian writers," by The New York Times, and the Field Museum of Natural History reported Momaday was "an extraordinary storyteller. His combination of sensitivity, intelligence and humor was masterful."
Momaday has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement and the Premio Letterario Internationale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award. Currently Regents Professor of the Humanities at the University of Arizona, he holds 12 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities, including Yale. Momaday graduated from the University of New Mexico (B.A. 1958) and Stanford University (M.A. 1960, Ph.D. 1963). He has been a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," is the voice of the Museum of the American Indian in the Smithsonian Institution, and served as the narrator of the PBS "American Experience" special, "Last Stand at Little Bighorn.