Tradition, Identity, and Place in Native American Indian Literature and Culture – Resources for teachers and students

N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969)

Momaday on the subject of “Sacred Grounds.” Cry of the Earth – Part 6 of 12 – N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa).

In the winter of 1993, spiritual leaders of 7 indigenous nations of North America came to the United Nations to deliver their traditional prophecies relating to the earth:

Interview with N. Scott Momaday

James Mooney, A Calendar History of the Kiowa Indians, 1898.

Resources for Teaching about Native American Culture

Annenberg Learner guide to teaching The Way to Rainy Mountain

Lakota Winter Counts teachers’ guide, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

“American Indian vs. Native American: A Note on Terminology,” by Kathryn Walbert. Provided by The North Carolina Humanities Council


Reel Injun. Documentary film directed by Neil Diamond. National Film Board of Canada (2009)

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian teachers’ guide

Smoke Signals. Feature film directed by Chris Eyre. Miramax (1998)

Smoke Signals teachers’ guide

Grand Avenue (1996)

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002)

The New World (2005)


Click here to access the following copyright-protected resources:

“An Interview with Gary Kodaseet,” conducted by Kenneth M. Roemer in Approaches to Teaching Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain, Kenneth M. Roemer, ed., New York: MLA, 1988: 145-152.

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown. Excerpt from “Introduction to American Indian Literatures” in American Indian Literatures: An Introduction, Bibliographic Review, and Selected Bibliography. New York: MLA, 1990: 1-19.

American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities, Devon Mihesuah (1996)