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Actor and filmmaker Jill Momaday

Actor, filmmaker Momaday visits OSU campus

Friday, February 24, 2023

Media Contact: Jillian McGee | Digital Communications Specialist | 405-744-6263 |

Actor and filmmaker Jill Momaday visited the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater on Feb. 8 to discuss her documentary film, “Return to Rainy Mountain.”

The trip to Stillwater followed Momaday’s residence at the OSU Doel Reed Center in Taos, New Mexico, last year as part of the Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar Program. There, she interacted with OSU students enrolled in Dr. Lindsey Smith’s “Writing The Native City” class and gave a public lecture for the Taos community at the Harwood Museum of Art. 

Her Feb. 8 trip was co-sponsored by the OSU Honors College. In the film “Return to Rainy Mountain,” Momaday tells the story of the Kiowa people’s journey from the headwaters of the Yellowstone river to southwest Oklahoma. The film highlights the sacred places featured in the writings of her father, N. Scott Momaday, the Pulitzer prize winning novelist and poet. 

A large audience of students, faculty, alumni and community members enjoyed the evening in the Old Central auditorium.

The Visiting Scholar program, generously funded by Jim and Linda Burke, is a key educational opportunity provided for OSU students, alumni and friends by the OSU Doel Reed Center.

Story By: Charlie Scott |

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