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 Keeperis an impassioned defense of all that our endangered planet stands to lose." ?Esquire A magnificent testament to the earth, from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelis "Dazzling. . . . In glittering prose, Momaday recalls stories passed down through generations, illu...

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Title:Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land
Author:N. Scott Momaday
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Earth Keeper
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages pages

Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land Reviews

  • Crystal
    Jan 23, 2021
    Earth Keeper by M. Scott Momaday is a slight, quietly reflectful, minimally illustrated and yet impactful little book. Momaday muses on the Earth and on Native faith, on stories passed down to him by his family, on his connection to nature and his grief for its destruction. The book ho...
  • quinnster
    Jan 01, 2021
    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 for me so I decided to pick it up. This was like meditating. There was a soothi...
  • Michelle
    Nov 28, 2020
    This book is hard to describe but easy to love. It is just beautiful, and carries much more heft than its small profile would suggest. You do have to commit to sit with these short essays and poems, however; a quick read will not gain you much. Exquisite. I'm off to find anything ...
  • Cheryl
    Dec 15, 2020
    ?Something of our relationship to the earth is determined by the particular place we stand at a given time. If you stand still long enough to observe carefully the things around you, you will find beauty, and you will know wonder. If you see a leaf carried along on the flow of a rive...
  • May-Ling
    Jan 31, 2021
    "will i give my children an inheritance of the each? or will i give them less than i was given?" in a way, this quote sums up the premise of this book of reflections. momaday made me think about the earth much differently. even as someone who cares deeply about sustainabil...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 10, 2020
    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 inhabit with us, this amazing world. In short vignettes his musings contains thoughts on g...
  • Carolyn Klassen
    Dec 19, 2020
    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 and expounded upon. This reads like a conversation or a lecture being given whic...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 02, 2021
    Anytime a Native American artist, regardless of medium, can be raised up to remind us of history, culture, and loss, it needs to be celebrated. For that, I appreciate the poems in this book. A culture that revered Mother Nature and the Earth cringes as our planet falls to pieces. N. Sc...
  • Abby
    Feb 12, 2021
    ?It is in human nature to pray. It is appropriate that we lay our words upon the earth. And so: Great Mystery, you who dwell in the endless beyond, you who spoke the first word and made of your breath the mountains and the waters, the trees and the grasses, the man and the woman and ...
  • Melitta Jackson
    Feb 01, 2021
    ((Gifted by Harper Collins)) This book was very grounding (pun unintended). I enjoyed being able to pick this up as my first read for 2021. It was a book that had me come back to the present, to my culture, and to my responsibility, as a living being on this earth, to care for it as...
  • Chris Roberts
    Nov 25, 2020
    Those born in the United States are Native Americans, i.e., native to the land. The proper term is American Indian. The great American Indian Movement Leader, Russell Means, taught me this truth, I interviewed him for "The Progressive Magazine." Enough with the politically...
  • Evelyn
    Dec 21, 2020
    A homage to Mother Earth and an apology for the harm that has been done to her together with a plea to rectify those wrongs, drawing from and upon Native American spiritual beliefs and ancient wisdom. ...
  • Kassy MacPherson
    Dec 03, 2020
    I have always enjoyed his books and this is not an exception. This book reflects on how important the earth is to Native Americans. They ?belong to the American land.? I thought of this novel as a memoir. He discusses his childhood, oral re-tellings of stories from past generatio...
  • Edwina
    Jan 30, 2021
    Beautiful prose in this short e-book by N. Scott Momaday. It is filled with the historical and oral narratives of the Native American culture surrounding Momaday's identity. An easy and short read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Beautiful prose in this short e-book by N. Scott Moma...
  • Ariel (ariel_reads)
    Nov 16, 2020
    What a beautiful collection of poems/prose about the value of land and the connection the author has with the earth. ...
  • Joy
    Oct 13, 2020
    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, it centers on the symbiotic relationship of humanity and the earth. Momaday?s ling...
  • lavende
    Dec 21, 2020
    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 connection of people in time (both in the present, the past and the future) and small...
  • Sammi
    Aug 19, 2020
    ?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, that each build on each other and read more like poetry. I appreciated the simplicit...
  • Erin || erins_library
    Jan 11, 2021
    (Gifted from Harper Collins) Earth Keeper by N Scott Momaday is a short collection that reflects on the author?s (and in turn our) responsibility to the Earth. To take care of it and to amend the destructive path we?ve gone down, by reconnecting with the Earth. The book is broke...
  • Kat Rod
    Nov 09, 2020
    There were certainly some very beautiful passages and words to hold on to in this short collection of stories. However, I felt it was lacking. I wanted more. I wanted more stories and more cohesiveness. I think Momaday was trying to translate the oral stories of the Kiowa people to the...
  • Lauren MacMillan
    Dec 30, 2020
    Beautiful and eloquent reflection on our connection to the American landscape ...
  • Michelle Huber
    Nov 15, 2020
    **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 hot drink and listening to him talk. I felt so much reading this book, everyt...
  • Anna
    Aug 18, 2020
    "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 never sever ourselves from the earth. We must chant our being, and we must dance in...
  • Jasmine
    Nov 16, 2020
    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 meditations on his ancestors. Throughout the book Momaday ages, and the earth...
  • Sasha
    Nov 16, 2020
    **** Thank you Harper for this finished copy for review **** Environmental violence against land is, in so many ways, environmental violence against Indigenous peoples. Extractive industries have been connected to violence against Indigenous women and MMIW. Histories of mining for g...
  • Angela
    Jan 30, 2021
    I read this collection of poems as part of a reading challenge, despite feeling pretty out of my depth with poetry. Objectively I know that these were incredibly well-written and intentional poems - I just have a difficult time connecting with this kind of writing at times, which is ab...
  • Leigha Bickford
    Dec 19, 2020
    ?Will I give my children an inheritance of the Earth? Or will I give them less than I was given?? ...
  • Dhrishya
    Jan 02, 2021
    I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook. C/W: There are descriptions of animal hunting in this work. There is something about "Earth Keeper" that makes me pause for a minute. Part memoir, a part poetry collection and steeped in the tradition of storytelling....
  • Leah
    Nov 14, 2020
    Momaday holds a special place on my bookshelf. House Made of Dawn was one of the first Native books that I?d ever read and it launched me into the fantastic world of Native American literature. Earth Keeper is a small collection of reflections? Poems? The writing is so beautiful t...
  • ButtonsMom2003
    Nov 14, 2020
    Audiobook review: Overall ? 5 Performance ? 5 Story ? 5 Non-fiction Not my usual type of audiobook but I loved it. I am a lover of fiction books, more specifically, romantic fiction. However, when given the chance to review a complementary copy of Earth Keeper I was...