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Two old women : an Alaska legend of betrayal, courage, and survival / by Velma Wallis ; illustrations by Jim Grant.

Wallis, Velma. (Author).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Town of Plymouth. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pease Public Library.

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Pease Public Library 398.2 WAL 34598000447394 Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780060723521 (pbk.) :
  • ISBN: 0060723521 (pbk.) :
  • Physical Description: xiii, 140 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Perennial ed.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Perennial, 2004.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Hunger and cold take their toll -- "Let us die trying" -- Recalling old skills -- Painful journey -- Map -- Saving a cache of fish -- Sadness among the people -- Stillness is broken -- New beginning -- About the Gwich'in people.
Summary, etc.:
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival is a classic Athabascan Indian tale of survival, filled with suspense and wisdom as told by Velma Wallis, an outstanding Native American writer. Her style is a refreshing blend of contemporary and traditional, and her choice of subject matter challenges the taboos of her past. Yet her themes are modern -- empowerment of women, the aging of America, and a growing interest in Native American values. Based on a legend told and retold for many generations in the remote Yukon River region of northeast Alaska, this is the tragic and shocking story (with an unexpected upbeat ending) of two elderly women who are abandoned by a migrating band facing starvation because of unusually harsh Arctic weather and a shortage of fish and game.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.4 3 52269
Subject: Gwich'in Indians > Folklore.
Athapascan Indians > Folklore.
Legends > Alaska.

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Two Old Women : An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
Two Old Women : An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
by Wallis, Velma
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Two Old Women : An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

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