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We are pleased to announce that Southwest Word Fiesta will present the PBS American Masters stunning film Words From a Bear based on the life and times of N. Scott Momaday at Western New Mexico’s Light Hall at 6:30-9:00 pm on October 19, 2021. Readings from some of Mr. Momaday’s works will start the program followed by the film which runs about 1.5 hours.

“We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves. Our best destiny is to imagine, at least, completely, who and what, and that we are. The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.”

These are the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. N. Scott Momaday whose first novel House Made of Dawn (1968) thrust him into the world of literature using the oral traditions of storytelling known to Native Americans. Later he wrote poetry, plays, memoirs, novels, short stories and stories for children. He also taught at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico. Later in life, his psyche led him to expand his interest to painting. He has received 20 honorary degrees from numerous universities.

Learn more about the film on the KPBS website:

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