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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.

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Active Themes When his grandmother was younger, Momaday remembers that her house was always full of chatter—Momaday suggests that this was an indication of the health of Kiowa culture. Momaday returns to Aho, writing that though she lived her whole life by Rainy Mountain in Oklahoma, she could tell stories of the historic Kiowa journey from Montana down to the southern plains. As they moved, they befriended the Crows, who introduced them to Plains culture and religion including the Sun Dance, and Tai-me, the Sun Dance doll at the center of their worship. The Kiowas acquired horses on their journey, which transformed them into nomads and ruthless hunters. This is another example of the Kiowa blending of human, nature, and animal. This is another example of Momaday withholding his judgment of white influence. The third section is the darkest because it mirrors the defeat of the Kiowas—it tells of the disappearance of the buffalo and the Kiowa struggle to maintain their religion and culture while under attack. In her honor, he decides to embark on a similar journey to his ancestor's great migration. Aho saw many significant changes over the course of her life.

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.

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Here, Momaday begins to suggest the great importance of older people: they literally carry history within them.

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The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday Plot Summary