House Made of Dawn is a 1968 novel by N. Scott Momaday, widely credited as leading the way for the breakthrough of Native American literature into the mainstream. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, and has also been noted for its significance in Native American anthropology.
Born Feb. 27, 1934, Momaday's most famous book remains 1969's House Made of Dawn, the story of a Pueblo boy torn between the modern and traditional worlds, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and was honored by his tribe. He is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society.
House Made of Dawn is a novel by Kiowa poet and author N. Scott Momaday that was first published in 1968, when Native American novels were rarely published. It is a narrative of a young Native American named Abel who is caught between two worlds—his native heritage on the reservation and the industrialized world of contemporary America in Los ...
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are proud to present the 1969 Fiction jury report recommending N. Scott Momaday's groundbreaking "House Made of Dawn" on Pulitzer.org. Primarily of Kiowa descent, Navarre Scott Momaday was born in the regional center of Lawton, Oklahoma in 1934.
The action of House Made of Dawn takes place between July 20, 1945, and February 28, 1952. The narration comprises an undated prologue and four dated sections set in the pueblo of Walatowa (Jemez), New Mexico (prologue and sections 1 and 4) and the Los Angeles area (sections 2 and 3).