N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear

USA (2018) 84 minutes
Directed by: Jeffrey Palmer

This riveting documentary charts the life, career and legacy of the prolific and enigmatic Navarro Scott Momaday, a revered Native American author whose work earned him a Pulitzer Prize and established him as the founding force behind the Native American art and literature renaissance. A writer of both poetry and prose, Momaday speaks to themes of heritage, ancestral remembrance, and spiritual growth. Academically, Momaday was a doctorate fellow at Stanford University, his incredible talents eventually earning him the Pulitzer in 1969, despite the various struggles he experienced as a Native artist while living in 20th and 21st century America. While his own work makes for an awe-inspiring portrait, the lasting influence Momaday has had on the industry as well as the inspiration he has lent to a new generation of Native American artists and authors is what makes Words from a Bear an unforgettable cinematic experience.