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In the Bear's House

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Since receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his first novel, House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday has had one of the most remarkable careers in twentieth-century American letters. Here, in In the Bear's House, Momaday passionately explores themes of loneliness, sacredness and aggression through his depiction of Bear, the one animal that has both inspired and haunted him ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 18th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Joseph
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ah, okay, I'm prejudiced, but in my opinion Scott Momaday is the best living American writer. This book plays on his Kiowa heritage, his Catholicism and Judaism. He takes the part of a bear (his Kiowa identity) ... an old bear, Urset, and has a discussion with God, Yahweh. The conversation is wide ranging and is conducted in a relaxed sitting and opens with situations like Urset and Yahweh eating juice squirting berries. I can't do justice to the Bear-God dialogues, but here is a sample:

Y: Early
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Susan Katz
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: native-american
I found this book mysterious and intriguing, especially the Bear-God dialogues. With the bear representing the spirit of the wilderness, as Momaday said in his introduction, it's kind of a conversation between creation and the Creator. With topics like dreams, story, thought, and time, the dialogue is certainly thought-provoking and I imagine would bear repeated reading. Mostly they seem to me to be about the way Momaday's God suggests life should be lived: "celebrate[d:] in the proper way, with ...more
Josephine Ensign
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of all the books by Momaday that I have read so far. The text is powerful as are the amazing drawings that accompany the text. I'd love to hear an audio or video version of this in Momaday's own voice, which is amazing (through interviews by Ken Burns in the PBS series The West).
S. Chandler
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Momaday is a Native American writer/poet who lives near me in the Jemez mountains. This volume contains a dialogue, "passages," and a collection of poems. The dialogue is between "Yahweh" or "Creator" and "Urset" or "Bear" (bear being the representation of wilderness). Strong themes of divinity and nature will engage lovers of both.
David Kealii
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant work of poetry and art work.
Mariana
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This magical book about the author's connection to bears fed my soul.
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N. Scott Momaday's baritone voice booms from any stage. The listener, whether at the United Nations in New York City or next to the radio at home, is transported through time, known as 'kairos"and space to Oklahoma near Carnegie, to the "sacred, red earth" of Momaday's tribe.

Born Feb. 27, 1934, Momaday's most famous book remains 1969's House Made of Dawn, the story of a Pueblo boy torn between th
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