Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Susan Holbrook


Indigenous, interfusional, nłeʔkepmx, short fiction




This Creative Writing project explores interfusional storytelling, a blending of oral and written literatures, as defined by Thomas King. The stories and poems in this collection use a number of narrative voices to tell the stories of an nłeʔkepmx world I created/am creating. Even the third person narrators have spoken parts in some of the stories; in "Three Bucks," for example, the narrator interrupts a story another character tells because the narrator thinks the teller is taking too long. Both "Snk̓y̓ép and His Shiny New Choker," and "Little Trees®" attempt Menippean satire. Because I do not want to simply repeat what has already been done, in terms of interfusionality and Indigenous storytelling, the opening story, "Splatter Pattern," incorporates the first person plural "we" to tell itself. The artist's statement was a painful experience. I rarely tell my personal story; it is painfully boring and uninteresting to consider, let alone put on paper. If you choose to skip it, well that is just fine with me. But do enjoy the project. "Tales for Late Night Bonfires" will be a book once I round out the collection by adding the novella called "Grandpa vs. Santa Claus," and a short story featuring Jim Morrison, called "Hazel's Last Ride" (You will meet Hazel in "Roadkill").