Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land

Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land

"Dazzling. . . . In glittering prose, Momaday recalls stories passed down through generations, illuminating the earth as a sacrosanct place of wonder and abundance. At once a celebration and a warning, Earth Keeper is an impassioned defense of all that our endangered planet stands to lose."  — Esquire


A magnificent testament to the earth, from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet N. Scott Momaday.

One of the most distinguished voices in American letters, N. Scott Momaday has devoted much of his life to celebrating and preserving Native American culture, especially its oral tradition. A member of the Kiowa tribe who was born and grew up on Indian reservations throughout the Southwest, Momaday has an intimate connection to the land he knows well and loves deeply. 

In Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land, he reflects on his native ground and its influence on his people. “When I think about my life and the lives of my ancestors, I am inevitably led to the conviction that I, and they, belong to the American land. This is a declaration of belonging. And it is an offering to the earth.” he writes.

Momaday recalls stories of his childhood, stories that have been passed down through generations, stories that reveal a profound and sacred connection to the American landscape and a reverence for the natural world. 

In this moving and lyrical book, which includes original artwork by the author, Momaday offers an homage and a warning. He reminds us that the Earth is a sacred place of wonder and beauty; a source of strength and healing that must be protected before it’s too late. As he so eloquently yet simply expresses, we must all be keepers of the Earth.

Title:Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land
ISBN:9780063009332
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  • Diane S ?

    Who would know and wonderfully convey the specialness of our Earth, more than a native American? A member of the Kiowa tribe, Momaday reflects on the many ways we are connected to all things that inha...

  • Carolyn Klassen

    Earth Keeper is a quick one, perhaps too short for my liking. A lot of the stories and themes he touched on could have been expanded and would have been more impactful to me if they'd been fleshed out...

  • Joy

    Readers of House Made of Dawn or other Momaday works will recognize some of the legendry included in his latest offering, Earth Keeper. A small volume of prose poems interspersed with original artwork...

  • Michelle Huber

    **THANK YOU to Harper Collins, ya'll are some of the most thoughtful publishers!I found this collection by N. Scott Momaday SO POWERFUL! I felt like I was sitting with my unci (grandpa) with a cup of ...

  • Sammi

    “There are those who believe that the earth is dead. They are deceived. The earth is alive, and it is possessed of spirit.“A beautiful series of short stories about our connection to the earth, th...

  • Ariel (ariel_reads)

    What a beautiful collection of poems/prose about the value of land and the connection the author has with the earth....

  • Anna

    "When we dance the earth trembles. When our steps fall on the earth we feel the shudder of life beneath us, and the earth feels the beating of our hearts, and we become one with the earth. We shall ne...

  • lavende

    This is a collection of prose poetry about the American land and nature as a whole by a member of the Kiowa tribe. I really enjoyed reading Momaday's reflections on human impact on the earth, the conn...

  • Jasmine

    I might reread this to allow more time for reflection; it was very short and I read it in one sitting.The book is made up of vignettes, most memoir-esque about Momaday's childhood memories mixed with ...

  • quinnster

    I'm not a prolific reader of poetry, but while browsing for books for the various 2021 reading challenges I was planning on participating in I came across this book. It seemed to check all the boxes f...