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Chadwick Allen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678181

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678181.001.0001

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Pictographic, Woven, Carved

Pictographic, Woven, Carved

Engaging N. Scott Momaday’s “Carnegie, Oklahoma, 1919” through Multiple Indigenous Aesthetics

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(p.101) 3 Pictographic, Woven, Carved
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Trans-Indigenous
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Chadwick Allen

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678181.003.0003

This chapter features three readings of Momaday’s brief poem “Carnegie, Oklahoma, 1919,” originally published in 1992, the year of the Columbus quincentenary. Each reading is based in a distinct worldview and system of aesthetics: Kiowa, with which Momaday identifies personally and genealogically and with which the specific content and overt themes of the poem can be aligned; Navajo, with which Momaday has extensive personal and professional experience; and Māori, with which Momaday has no personal or professional experience and in which he has no particular stake. The three readings move outward from a tribally specific approach to Indigenous literary reading and interpretation toward an intertribal or international approach and toward the possibility of a more global, trans-Indigenous approach.

Keywords:   Momaday, Carnegie, Oklahoma, 1919, Kiowa, Indigenous, Navajo, Māori, Indigenous literary reading

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