Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
Sad Water and Sand began as a collection of short stories that insisted upon a more intimate connection between the individual pieces. Drawing from the novel-in-stories format perhaps best utilized by indigenous writers Tommy Orange and Louise Erdrich, the narrative constitutes fragments of varying lengths interwoven to create a sense of mixed media through text and explore the boundaries of form and genre. The primary through-line follows a contemporary Dakota-American family and their experiences living in Las Vegas, a thousand miles away from their ancestral homelands, which they must return to following the death of a relative. While many of the stories center upon the youngest daughter and her perspective of events, layered alongside them are historical accounts and iterations of traditional mythology. In shifting between different points-of-view, verb tenses, and even central characters, Sad Water and Sad seeks to reflect interconnectedness as an avenue for resistance.
Dakota; Fiction; Native American Literature; Novel
Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rouse, Karli Tokala, "Sad Water and Sand" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4022.
IN COPYRIGHT. For more information about this rights statement, please visit http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Available for download on Sunday, August 15, 2027