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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Diné storytelling, Poetry, Fiction, Indigenous literature
In a poem by Rex Lee Jim, he writes “saad éí ná’iiłná,” which can be understood as “language/voice/sound moves the soul.” This short yet complex poetic line is a whole philosophy that plays an important role in how Diné storytelling can be understood. My dissertation, saad éí ná’iiłná, explores how the Diné idea of “ná’iiłná,” or things that move the soul in an emotional, physical, and spiritual way, contributes to a Diné literary theory and understanding of storytelling. To subvert western notions of genre, my dissertation is a meeting place for traditional Diné stories, family stories, memory, poetry, teachings from medicine people, photographs, and other forms of telling. Through “ná’iiłná,” stories, in all their forms, have the power to carry a person into the future, always moving toward health, healing, and a better life.
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en, Navajo, Diné Bizaad
Loley, Manny, "Saad éí ná’iiłná" (2023). Restricted Access ETDs. 101.