Books That Inspire 2011

House Made of Dawn
N. Scott Momaday

Dr. N. Scott Momaday's groundbreaking novel House Made of Dawn is the landmark text that many cite as both catalyst and conduit for the American Indian literary renaissance in the United States. Since winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, this novel has served as a source of inspiration for generations of Americans, including other Native American writers and scholars, such as James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and Louise Erdrich. I find inspiration and encouragement in Momaday's use of poetic language and pan-tribal ideals as an expression of healing and hope for our shared future.

Brett Burkhart
Senior Academic Counselor
University College