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The Ancient Child Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Momaday's reputation as one of the first Native American writers to receive public acclaim establishes his texts as a touchstone for other texts by Native Americans. His novels explored the themes of disorientation, alienation and discrimination in predominantlywhite 20th century society, the spiritual emptiness of these displaced persons and their quest for fulfillment, and the place of ritual, community and language in constituting the self — themes which have been picked up and elaborated on by other writers. Momaday has moved the discussion of Native Americans on by broadening the definition of Native American as also a member of the American West experience. At the same time, he has also asserted the prerogative of Native Americans to reach back into their own history to seek healing through spiritual means, through nature, ceremony, language and rituals — rituals that are also being appropriated and imitated by contemporary, non-Native seekers...

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