Sometimes the image of a house can be used as a metaphor for the human body. For instance: Have you ever heard of an older person with white hair being described as having “snow on the roof?” This connection was popularized in gospel music by Stuart Hamblen’s song “This Ole House,” released in 1954. In the lyrics, the singer approaches death with joy by knowing that he will no longer need his aging physical body, which is in need of repair, when his spirit goes to heaven. While this song has no Native American connections, its basic premise could be applied to Momaday’s house references.
Other educators have shown here that the houses illustrate the strong links the Kiowa had to nature and, more specifically, to the landscape of the Great Plains. Let’s look at the description again; and this time, think of the houses as the actual bodies of the Kiowa. They age, too.
Houses are like sentinels in the plain, old keepers of the weather watch. There, in a very little while, wood...
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