Printable Version

Saturday Afternoons at the Reel Theatre
Digital History ID 4140

Author:   F. Scott Momaday

Annotation: N. Scott Momaday, a novelist, poet, and literary spent his childhood on the Navajo, Apache and Pueblo reservations of the Southwest. Momaday is a professor of English and American literature and was educated at the University of New Mexico and Stanford University. He is presently Regents’ Professor of the Humanities at the University of Arizona. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for House Made of Dawn.

Document: The movies of those days were a great and dubious influence upon us; we were utterly seduced by them. On those Saturday afternoons at the Reel Theatre we were drawn into worlds of infinite possibility. Our taste ran to high adventure, and we cared much more for Sergeant York than for Mrs. Miniver, of course, but we devoured everything that came our way... And we would not let go of the movies, but we lived in them for days afterwards. I remember that after we had seen The Black Swan, there were sword fights in the streets, and we battered each other mercilessly. Most of the swords were flimsy affairs, curtain weights and yardsticks; but mine was a length of doweling that I had pushed through a gelatin mold; it was a superior weapon, and with it I terrorized the neighborhood.

Source: N. Scott Momaday, The Names: A Memoir, (1976) 89.

Copyright 2021 Digital History