Two Old Women

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

Wallis, Velma

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Two Old Women
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.

Publisher: Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2004
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 0972494499
Branch Call Number: 398.2089972 W2147t 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 142 p. :,ill., maps ;,19 cm


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Dec 06, 2013
  • squicked rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book! Absolutely loved it!

Jul 30, 2013

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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