What does he mean when he says that his grandmother was born when the kiowas were living the "last great moment of their history"?
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I think Momaday is talking about when the Kiowa were still a "free" tribe. They were still hunters and raiders roaming the plains of Oklahome, untill they were allocated to a reservation and forced to live there, which in a sense killed their free spirit. It was included how she witnessed the last Sun Dance ceremony and from then on she lived a life of assimilation
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