N. Scott Momaday is a Native American author of Kiowa descent. His work House Made of Dawn, considered a classic in Native American Literature, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts in 2007 for his work that celebrated and preserved Native American oral and art tradition. He holds 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Momaday is considered the founding author in what critic Kenneth Lincoln has termed the Native American Renaissance.