AMS 207 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Rainy Mountain, Intersubjectivity
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AMS 207H - Lecture 13 - The Way to Rainy Mountain!
About N. Scott Momaday!
Poet, author, painter, academic!◦
Kiowa and Cherokee!•
Born 1934, Lawton Oklahoma!◦
Parents teachers and artist!◦
Grew up in southwest!◦
Parents are products of boarding school era!◦
Parents went to work for bureau of Indian aﬀairs!◦
University of New Mexico!◦
Pulitzer Prize in ﬁction, 1969 (ﬁrst native American)!◦
Academy of lifetime achievement, 1993!◦
National medal of arts, 2007!◦
Momaday: The Journey
Cross-cultural perspectives !•
Process of coming to know sacred!•
Journey of becoming- to really understand something is sacred activity!◦
Cumulative process over many generations!◦
Momaday is sharing stories he has heard from parents, grandparents with world...his ◦
“Man’s reality” (4)!◦
The imaginative experience- to understand things from past, we must engage ‣
imagination and creativity.!
Always intersubjective- all sources come together for you to have your own understanding ◦
(thing google, conversations, books, etc.)!
Landscapes- connection to land!◦
A time past- yet human spirit endures!◦
Enduring human spirit!◦
Three voices—four aspects!
Historical, cultural—written documentary record, how cultures act, react, interact!•
Inter-subjectivity—all come together to get understanding !•
The Mythic, Legendary: Momaday
Myths and legends about how we experience and view the world. •
Symbolize universal human experiences.!•
Admonitory: dangerous acts and emotions!◦
Exemplary: proscribed behavior, how this group should behave, valued qualities/characters!◦
How Momaday represents!•