The Way to Rainy Mountain


Commentary on ‘The Way to Rainy Mountain’ by N. Scott Momaday

Momaday has written this story about his ancestors and how they lost their glory to US Calvary around Fort Sill. I like this story because the author has placed himself as a participant, creates a good and skilfully crafted story of which he interweaves the Kiowa culture and his own creation. He tries look back into the ancestral age and how the tribe began. He brings on board a grandmother who has some deeper knowledge of the way of the people of Kiowa and he explores deeper underlying mythology of the tribe.

The author provides some live events that occur hence creating a vivid description of the way of life of Kiowa people. However, I did like the inclusion of the myth narrated by the grandmother about the eight children who were playing because it destroys the factual aspect of the story since it doesn’t give facts that occur in real life situation as opposed to the fact that the story looks factual especially with the specification of years.

The title itself gives a reflection of the journeys in the story. Kiowa people’s journey to the rainy mountains was long and hard but it hardened them, they would gain a new religion and knowledge on their way. Though the grandmother had not undergone the journey, she never missed stories to tell about it. She seemed to have gained more knowledge from the stories narrated to her more than the grandson who had practically went through the journey to the rainy mountains. The grandmother’s stories had all the journeys ending in the Rainy Mountain. Actually, everybody had a journey to the Rainy Mountain which was the destination but how to reach there was upon the individual.