Circle of Wonder by N. Scott Momaday
A Native American Christmas Story

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Written and illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, Circle of Wonder is the story of one lonely child's experience of a special magic at Christmas. Tolo is drawn to a miraculous fire circle, where the Elk, the Wolf, and the Eagle share "the real gift of the fire" with him.

About N. Scott Momaday

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A member of the Kiowa tribe, Momaday was born in Oklahoma but grew up on reservations in the Southwest. He was educated at the University of New Mexico and Stanford University, and later taught at Berkeley, Stanford, and the University of Arizona. Momaday lives two lives as a professor of English and Comparative Literature and as a Kiowa tribal dancer and recorder of the Native American experience in this country. "None but an Indian, I think," he has said, "knows so much what it is like to have existence in two worlds and security in neither." This is a theme that runs through his fiction and nonfiction, including his Pulitzer prize winning first novel, House Made of Dawn (1968). Yet, as a Native American and a writer, Momaday finds two sources of identity the land and the language. The former gives strength to the American Indian, whose sense of identification comes from a closeness to the land. The latter connects humankind to ourselves and our world. "Man's idea of himself" finds "old and essential being in language," Momaday has written. Acts of naming, of remembering these are "legendary as well as historical, personal as well as cultural.
Published August 1, 1994 by Clear Light Books. 42 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Drawing on childhood memories of Christmas in a New Mexican village, Momaday produces a poetic story that skillfully blends Christian and Native American traditions.

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