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Return To Rainy Mountain

Independent Documentary

This feature documentary is based on the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author, N. Scott Momaday, and seen through the lens of his filmmaker daughter, Jill Momaday Gray. Together, they retrace the route of his bestselling book, The Way to Rainy Mountain. Momaday, a beloved American writer with global appeal, has spent his life giving us a firsthand perspective of being Indian in America through his poems, books, plays and even his art. The documentary is a road trip to sacred Kiowa ancestral sites that inform the ancient Kiowa myths, legends and oral traditions.

Jill Momaday grew up with these oral traditions and the stories of her famous father, a literary icon who won the Pulitzer Prize when Jill was 5 years old. She brings their personal relationship into the story, since like all families, they had struggles and pain to heal. This too brings universality to this documentary and people around the globe will relate to a cultural quest for harmony with family, with community and with all life on earth.

We have a partnership with Vision Maker Media, a PBS presenter of American Indian projects. They contributed the first third of the film's budget, and we're raising the remaining funds through tax-deductible donations through a non-profit foundation and our Indiegogo campaign. Our amazing family and friends are sharing one of a kind "awards" so that we can share this vision for a balanced harmonious earth with our viewers. We hope you'll join us on this pilgrimage to the sacred lands.

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