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Two Old Women

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival
Wallis, Velma (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along from mother to daughter for many generations on the upper Yukon River in Alaska, this is the tragic and shocking story-with a surprise ending-of two elderly women abandoned by a migrating tribe that faces starvation brought on by unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game. This story of survival is told with suspense by Velma Wallis, whose subject matter challenges the taboos of her past. Yet, her themes are modern-empowerment of women, the graying of America, Native American ways.
Authors: Wallis, Velma
Title: Two old women
an Alaska legend of betrayal, courage, and survival
Publisher: Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2004
Edition: 2nd ed
Characteristics: xiii, 142 p. :,ill., maps ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Velma Wallis ; illustrations by Jim Grant
Notes: Includes Book club discussion guide
"10th anniversary ed."--Book jacket
Summary: Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along from mother to daughter for many generations on the upper Yukon River in Alaska, this is the tragic and shocking story-with a surprise ending-of two elderly women abandoned by a migrating tribe that faces starvation brought on by unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game. This story of survival is told with suspense by Velma Wallis, whose subject matter challenges the taboos of her past. Yet, her themes are modern-empowerment of women, the graying of America, Native American ways.
ISBN: 9780972494496
0972494499
Branch Call Number: 398.2089972 W2147t 2004
Subject Headings: Alaska Folklore Athapascan Indians Folklore Gwich'in Indians Folklore
Topical Term: Athapascan Indians
Gwich'in Indians
LCCN: 2004104023
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Dec 06, 2013
  • squicked rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book! Absolutely loved it!

An absolutely delightful book, that will stay with you long after you finish reading this story. A great moral to the story.

Jan 09, 2012
  • canarymom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A simple story of resilience and courage. Youth and adult would benefit from the wisdom of this legend.
A small band of People are starving in the bitter winter of Alaska. The decision is made to move and leave 2 aged women behind as they are no longer pulling their weight, The women can do nothing and die or draw on their inner strengths and knowledge of the People.

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