Library Journal``A word is intrinsically powerful. If you believe in the power of words, you can bring about physical change in the universe,'' says Pulitizer Prize-winner Momaday in this stimulating series of conversations with Woodard, his friend and colleague. Of Kiowa Indian heritage, Momaday is the best known contemporary Native American writer. His prose, poetry, and these conversations reflect the depth and significance of his Kiowa ancestry, which mingles with more contemporary influences. As this work quotes Momaday directly in a well-organized progression of concepts, it complements Matthias Schubnell's literary analysis, N. Scott Momaday ( Univ. of Oklahoma Pr., 1986). Drawings by Momaday illustrate the text. Recommended for all American literature collections.-- Mary B. Davis, Museum of the American Indian, New York
New Mexico Historical Review - Vine Deloria Jr.
"Momaday is a profoundly deep thinker and this book shows the depth of his thought while in the process of writing and painting. . . . It is must reading [for anyone] who wants to understand not just Scott Momaday but what it means to be a mature, reflective, responsible human being."—Vine Deloria, Jr., New Mexico Historical Review
"For Momaday fans the book is a don't-miss; for those who are unacquainted with his work, it offers a provocative look at the roots of Native American art and the anatomy of the creative process."—Southwest Art
Northeast Indian Quarterly
"Ancestral Voice is both an important record of Momaday's chief concerns at the present time and a stimulating en-counter with one of the most important writers of our time."—Northeast Indian Quarterly
"No critic—however fortified metacritically—who writes hereafter on Momaday can get away with ignoring this book."—American Literature
Meet the Author
Charles L. Woodard is a professor of English at South Dakota State University.
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