Two Old Women

Two Old Women

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: Kenmore, WA : Epicenter Press, 2004
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780972494496
0972494499
Branch Call Number: 398.2089972 W2147t 2004
Characteristics: xiii, 142 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm

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pickles406
Aug 07, 2016

This is a beautiful heartfelt tale of the triumph of two older women in the face of hardship and adversity. I loved the writing, the details of their journey and the simple moral of the tale. A beautiful and worthwhile read.

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sbennett
Jul 01, 2015

I really enjoyed this book! I loved how the two old women had to work together to survive, how they had to rely on skills long forgotten, and the theme of perseverance, strength, and forgiveness that shines throughout the book. I would definitely read this aloud to my kids...good lessons to be learned from this one!

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

squicked Dec 06, 2013

This is a great book! Absolutely loved it!

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canarymom
Jan 09, 2012

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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