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The Way to Rainy Mountain Paperback – Sep 1 1976
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"Written with great dignity, the book has something about it of the timeless, of that long view down which the Kiowa look to their myth-shrouded beginnings."
"It is a beautiful book; honest, unique, dignified, and told with a simplicity that approaches the purest poetry. It is a book for all seasons, for all readers."
"Mr. Momaday retells the Kiowa myths that he learned from his grandmother, speculates on the actual history they may symbolize, and describes, with infectious nostalgia, the Indian life he knew as a child. There are distinctive illustrations by the author's father, Al Momaday. The whole book is most attractive; beautifully written, full of gentleness and dignity."
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Kiowa Indian myth, history, and personal reminiscences.See all Product Description
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Rainy Mountain, a "single knoll [that] rises out of the plain in Oklahoma," is an old landmark for the Kiowa people. It is a land of bitter cold, searing heat, summer drought, and "great green and yellow grasshoppers." It is a land of loneliness, where the Kiowa were drawn after a long journey from the northwest through many types of lands.
The Way to Rainy Mountain is about the journey-in myth, in drawings by Momaday's father Al, in reminiscences, and in historical snippets. All reveal aspects of Kiowa culture, life, philosophy, outlook, spirituality, and sense of self-the beauty and the desolation, how the introduction of the horse revolutionized Kiowa life, the story of Tai-me, and the richness of the word and the past. It is a literal journey as well; Momaday, in Yellowstone, writes, "The Kiowas reckoned their stature by the distance they could see, and they were bent and blind in the wilderness."
This is a small gem of a book, beautifully written, illustrated, and designed. It has moments of insight, beauty, and sadness, as the ending of the Sun Dance, telling as the sun is at the heart of the Kiowa's soul-a soul that survives in every word and drawing of The Way to Rainy Mountain.
Diane L. Schirf, 3 March 2002.
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Momaday spins together pieces of Kiowa myth and image interweaved with tales he heard as a boy. Poetic, tragic, unforgettable.Published on May 27 2000 by Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
"the way to rainy mountain," look for momaday's use of imagery to make incidents and details come alivePublished on May 6 2000 by Marie Lou
Momaday's narrative comprises an elegy for Kiowa culture, drawn from his memories of his grandmother and other family members and from their memories of a culture now lost. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2000 by J. Hale
Simply, I read it back in 1995 for a course at Santa Barbara City College, and continue to reach for it to get new ideas and perspectives. Read morePublished on March 7 1999
I enjoyed the book. I especially like the way Momaday wrote the book as if it had been written by three people. Read morePublished on Dec 14 1997 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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