N. Scott Momaday - Bio
UNESCO Artist for Peace

N. Scott Momaday is a writer, poet, painter and professor from the United States of America. Being from Native American origin, he is involved in the preservation, protection and restitution of Native American heritage and cultural traditions and communities, through the Buffalo Trust he founded. Educated at the universities of New Mexico and Stanford, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. He was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004 “in recognition of his dedication to UNESCO’s Programme for intercultural dialogue and for the safeguarding of indigenous cultures.”

Here is a phrase that might well render us thoughtful: “alliance of civilizations.” It has the ring of eloquence, composed of words that are easily embraced in the diction of diplomacy. They are the words of statesmen and founding fathers. Yes, alliance is the matrix of civilization, and civilization is the hallmark of human being. The phrase embodies a noble idea. Let us take it to our hearts. Indeed, let us act upon it.

The common denominator of all groups, organizations, states, empires, and civilizations is, of course, the individual, the human being. Among the billions of human beings, he or she is unique, a distinct entity in a distinct species. The history of the world is predicated on the interaction of individuals. But individuals are bound together by common needs, experiences, hopes, and the sacred potential of fulfillment, the accomplishment of human destiny.

We must understand that our human destiny is to exist, all the family of Mankind, in peace and spiritual prosperity. Civilizations are the instruments of that realization. The alliance of civilizations is a universal formula for the accomplishment of a universal ideal, indeed a universal imperative.

Thoughts on the alliance of civilizations

photo N. Scott Momaday