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by N. Scott Momaday

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What is the thesis or main idea of The Way to Rainy Mountain?

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At its core, The Way to Rainy Mountain serves as a way for the author to answer the questions “Who am I?” and “Where did my people come from?” He is in search of his ancestors, in search of his own personal history. His key starting point is with his grandmother, Aho, who was a Kiowa. After Aho passes away, Momaday works his way back to the roots and the folklore of this Native American people, both geographically and historically. His task includes a pilgrimage to Rainy Mountain, a rounded hill that stands alone and near the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. It is a special place for the Kiowa. Many of the double-page spreads of this book start with a native legend, which is followed by geographic or historic facts, and which concludes with Momaday’s experiences in the same place or under the same circumstances. This unique approach winds up being both historical and personal. What Momaday learns along his way gives him a better understanding of both the Kiowa and his...

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