February 09, 2008

Another award for Momaday

An American Voice ... An Oklahoma VoiceNavarre Scott Momaday will add yet another distinguished award to his roster of honors when the Oklahoma Humanities Council presents him the 2008 Oklahoma Humanities Award. The ceremony will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma History Center.

He was recently named Oklahoma's poet laureate and gave a reading of his Centennial poem at a gala celebration in his honor. The Kiowa Nation, his tribe, also recently named him poet laureate of the Kiowa tribe. He is also a member of the prestigious Kiowa Gourd Clan, a select society that perpetuates the traditions, ceremonial dances and history of the Kiowas. He is preparing a book on this special aspect of the Kiowa gourd dance.

"And I've had two special N. Scott Momaday Days, named by two Oklahoma governors. I'm very proud of that. Being honored on my own turf is very satisfying,” he said. At the 2003 inauguration of Gov. Brad Henry, he was invited to read one of his poems about Oklahoma.
More awards for Momaday:He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award and Letterario Internationale Mondello, Italy's highest literary award. This past fall, he received the National Medal of the Arts in a ceremony with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the White House. His longtime friend, Betty Price, former director of the Oklahoma State Arts Council, and a champion of the arts, was present for the ceremony.

Momaday doesn't keep track of all the accolades and honors he has received, but he does cite 15 honorary degrees from major universities around the country, including one from the University of Oklahoma in spring 2004. OU President David Boren helped place the medallion on Momaday.

In May 2004, he received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Artist for Peace Award in ceremonies in Paris.
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1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Okay, the Oklahoma Humanities Council already have awarded writerfella that very same award for his short story, 'Rite Of Encounter.' They use that short story each and every month in their "Read About It, Oklahoma" program held in various libraries from month to month. writerfella has gotten to speak to the attendees several times and has been lucky enough to get feedback on his story from people who have read his story. And he has learned so much from such contact that later has guided his later writings...
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Russ Bates