Beloved Professor of Native American Literature Passes Away

Navarre Scott Momaday, Visiting Professor of Creative Writing and one of the giants of Native American Literature passed away on January 24th, 2024 at the age of 89.

Momaday was the first Native American Pulitzer Prize winner whose debut novel, “House Made of Dawn” is widely credited as the starting point for contemporary Native American literature. Though Momaday taught at Stanford, Princeton, and Columbia universities, amog other top-ranking schools, he taught for the UNM English Department until just before the pandemic.

Momaday published more than a dozen books, from “Angle of Geese and Other Poems” to the novels “The Way to Rainy Mountain” and “The Ancient Child.” He was additionally a commentator for NPR, gave lectures worldwide, and became a leading advocate for the beauty and vitality of traditional Native life.

Read more about Momaday through The Associated Press.