In 1969 a little known painter, poet, storyteller, and fiction writer of Kiowa descent won the Pulitzer Prize with his first novel, House Made of Dawn (1968). Since then N. Scott Momaday has been a prolific and steady presence in academic, literary, and Native American venues. His work has influenced and been largely responsible for what some have referred to as the Native American Renaissance, which includes such contemporary writers as Leslie Marmon Silko, Lousie Erdrich, and Sherman AlexieLess
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