Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2021

Department 1



Native American literature, and Native American culture as a whole, has often been portrayed through the lens of a single story. It is assumed that Native American authors are all the same, and that their works are all the same as well. During the Native American Renaissance period, Native American authors wrote works that fought back against this idea. Their writings are diverse, and show a depth of culture that is often presumed to be nonexistent. Two authors, N. Scott Momaday and Elizabeth Cook- Lynn, demonstrate this diversity through their goals in writing, reasons for writing, and forms of writing. They have similar goals for their work, but they have different reasons for beginning to write. They both use many forms when constructing their work. Ultimately, the work of Native American Renaissance authors like Momaday and Cook- Lynn provides an answer to the single story.


Written for English 113: Writing in the Native American Tradition

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