The Way to Rainy Mountain

Mammedaty Character Analysis

Mammedaty is N. Scott Momaday’s grandfather. He was a peyote man, which meant he oversaw an important Kiowa religious ritual. Mammedaty was a well-respected and important man in the tribe, but his presence in the memoir is less significant than Aho’s, which seems to be because he passed down fewer stories to Momaday. Mammedaty was known as somebody who saw things that others could not.
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Mammedaty Character Timeline in The Way to Rainy Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Mammedaty appears in The Way to Rainy Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Setting Out
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...were always hunters and never attempted to cultivate crops. Momaday’s personal memories describe his grandfather Mammedaty, who failed to grow cotton and wheat on his land despite his efforts. (full context)
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...enough, but she cared for both of them nonetheless. The voice of history says that Mammedaty owned horses, that there was a day when Mammedaty rode a horse for the last... (full context)
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...fire singing and drumming and praying before a midnight baptismal ceremony. Momaday then writes that Mammedaty was a peyote man who could see things that others could not. Once he was... (full context)
The Going On
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...low status, and were subject to all kinds of physical punishments. Momaday then remembers that Mammedaty’s grandmother was a Mexican captive who would not submit to the Kiowa role for women,... (full context)
The Closing In
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The voice of the tribe tells a story of Mammedaty driving a team of horses through the tall grass, a landscape in which he could... (full context)
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Once, the tribal voice recalls, Mammedaty wanted to get several horses out of a pasture, and he lost his temper because... (full context)
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...caused it to fall, as far as they could see. The voice of history describes Mammedaty wearing a medicine bundle around his neck for his mother. If someone showed the medicine... (full context)