Words From a Bear
Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. The film captures the essence of Momaday’s writings in relation to his unique American experience representing ancestry, place, and history. Cinematically this story takes a spiritual journey through the expansive landscapes of the West, when Momaday’s ancestors roamed the Great Plains with herds of buffalo, to the sand-painted valleys of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, where his imagination ripened and he showed superior writing skills as a young mission student.
The film also reveals intimate details of the writer’s personal life through his literary texts, along with the trials and tribulations he faced as a Native American artist in the 20th and 21st century.
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Jeffrey Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. He began teaching at Cornell in 2012 and joined Syracuse University in 2017, where he teaches film, video, and audio production. His films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, and PBS Online Film Festival among others.