Aho was from the last strong generation of Kiowas before they lost their land permanently. This notion that human identity is tied to the landscape is significant. History of the Kiowa[ edit ] Kiowa land prior to Rainy Mountain, which is a symbol of home for the Kiowas, is described as being Rainy mountain into a complex and dynamic landscape.
In the first section, for instance, Momaday narrates the Kiowa creation myth that the tribe emerged into the world from a hollow log, and then contextualizes the myth by describing the bleak conditions of Kiowa life before they migrated to the southern plains. Because these distinct voices alternate, stories that arc over multiple chapters are interrupted by commentary from other voices.
The complex structure of the book is itself meant to be a commentary on the way that people understand the past: Momaday believes that instead of separating out scholarly history from memory, or family stories from tribal myth, the past should be understood as a blending of all of these modes of understanding.
Their creation myth is that the tribe came from the hollow log of a felled tree.
The Kiowa are nomadic people from the Great Plains. During their journey, they befriended another tribe who helped them in their journey and shared their resources, tools, strategies and religious beliefs including the worship rites of the Sun Dance.
Here, Momaday begins to suggest the great importance of older people: they literally carry history within them.