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This paper provides a concise analytical review of N. Scott Momaday's essay "The Way to A Rainy Mountain," which centers on the author's Kiowa tribal background. The paper draws parallels between Momaday's essay and Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Nature," citing, for example, their common threads of native peoples' spirituality and finding peace in natural solitude. The paper notes that, like Emerson, Momaday feels a strong connection with nature; however, Momaday's connection is not with God, but with through the memories of his deceased grandmother and their Kiowa heritage. Also, the paper points out, Momaday made this trip through nature not to find peace and solitude, but to remember his grandmother and along the way also remembered his heritage.
From the Paper:"Momaday says his ancestors were a mountain tribe, before they came to the plains. On the way, they learned their culture and religion from the Crows. They also acquired a Sun Dance Doll to begin the new found worship of the sun. Not only did they find all this, but they also found a sense of destiny which brought courage and pride, according to Momaday. The Kiowa Tribe was no longer nomads, but permanent residents.
"Momaday begins to speak of his grandmother, Aho, whom he learned all the Kiowa traditions from. The tribe's heritage was passed only through word of mouth. Momaday said 'Aho could speak of the Crows, who she never saw, and of the Black Hills, where she had never been."Even though she had never been or seen any of these things, she could still talk of these things like she was actually there to experience it. That is how strongly the Kiowa Tribe practiced their heritage of the land."
Sample of Sources Used:
- DiYanni, Robert. One Hundred Great Essays. 3rd ed. New York City: Pearson Longman, 2007. 250-260. Print
Cite this Comparison Essay:
Emerson and Momaday: Connections with Nature (2010, December 24) Retrieved September 24, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/emerson-and-momaday-connections-with-nature-146217/
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