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In M. Scott Momaday's work The Way to Rainy Mountain, where does Momaday's journey begin and end?

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This question can also be interpreted figuratively. Where does Momaday's journey begin and end for him intellectually, emotionally, spiritually? His journey to trace the Kiowa people's roots, as well as those of his own family through his grandmother's history, is much more than a physical following of their footsteps. He seeks not just the where, but the what, the how, and the why.

The author sets the stage for this in the Prologue:

And the journey is an evocation of three things in particular: a landscape that is incomparable, a time that is gone forever, and the human spirit, which endures.

What he finds by the end of his physical journey is a greater understanding of the Kiowa people and their folklore , beliefs, tragedies, successes, and the...

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