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.
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
...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)
...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
...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