2013 Introduction by N. Scott Momaday

N. SCOTT MOMADAY

Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

As a writer and a Native American I want to encourage you who are students to write. Writing offers a significant challenge—it is not easy—but it offers rewards that are extremely worthwhile. As native people, you have a wonderful and unique heritage, and you have the opportunity to celebrate and preserve that heritage through writing.

You have great subject, one that most aspiring writers do not have. That is a special gift. Don’t waste it. The American Indian has a very highly developed oral tradition, a tradition of song and storytelling that is the equal of the world’s best literature. As writers you have the chance, and indeed the responsibility, to observe that tradition, to protect it, and to carry it on. It is in your hands. Only you can be the keepers of this sacred trust. Let the written word be the shield that you hold up to the world.

N. Scott Momaday is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, and the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was named Oklahoma’s Centennial Poet Laureate and is a member of the Kiowa Tribe’s Gourd Dance Society.

25-1-student-coverMemoir/Narrative

Marcus Hamley (Turtle Mountain Community College) “The Blaspheme of Joshua
James Lindgren (Turtle Mountain Community College) “Fast Shoes
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Man the World Forgot
Jamie Ball (Blackfeet Community College) “Crossing the Mountains
Misty Daniels (Fort Peck Community College) “What I Deserve
Byron Faspaas (Institute of American Indian Arts) “The Craft
Michael Kittson (Blackfeet Community College) “Impact of Education in Indian Country
Koby Sommer (Sitting Bull College) “Between a Drum and a Heart
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Remembering in a World of Forgetting

Fiction

Kaylene Jay Big Knife (Institute of American Indian Arts) “Today, Caribou
Josh Cunningham (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Happy, Hopeful
Katrina Montoya (Institute of American Indian Arts) “Daughter
Kaylene Jay Big Knife (Institute of American Indian Arts) “A Dragon’s Epilogue
Free Dubois (Cankdeska Cikana Community College) “John Broken Rib
Eileen John (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Desert Life
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Journey of a Dime Store Rose
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Wanderer of the Wastes
Jennifer Whitewolf (Comanche Nation College) “Champion Fancy Dancer
Wayne Thomas Yandell (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Goodbye Missouri

Poetry

Eileen John (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Lost Traditions
Anna Nelson (Institute of American Indian Arts) “To the Child Born in the Age of Technology
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Hymn From Beneath the Empire’s Heel
Roderick Bruce, Jr. (Turtle Mountain Community College) “A Frozen People
Lisa Jones (Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute) “Paradox
Douglas Karaszewski (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College) “The Mad River Flows
Katrina Montoya (Institute of American Indian Arts) “How These Levees Broke
Desiree Pulido (Northwest Indian College) “We are Red and Vibrant

Art

Bryson Meyers (Fort Peck Community College) “Sacred Warrior
Mariah Ashley (Dine’ College) “Desert Gold
Misty Daniels (Fort Peck Community College) “Reflections
Adrian Herder (Dine’ College) “Baby New Year
Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III (Sitting Bull College) “Thunder Warrior
Moira Villiard (Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College) “Luna Moth

 

 

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