N Scott Momaday was born in 1934 and is a Kiowa novelist, poet, painter and teacher. His novel House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, and is considered the first major work of the Native American Renaissance. In 2004 he was appointed an Artist for Peace by UNESCO for his outstanding achievements as a writer and painter, and in recognition of his actions in support of the restorations and preservation of Native American heritage and cultural traditions. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts in 2007 for his work’s celebration and preservation of indigenous oral and art tradition. He holds numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.