Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

ISBN-10: 0060723521
ISBN-13: 9780060723521
Edition: 2004
Authors: Velma Wallis
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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).

Velma Wallis is one in a family of thirteen children, all born in the vast fur-trapping country of Fort Yukon, Alaska, and raised with traditional Athabascan values. A writer and avid reader, she lives in Fairbanks.

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Hunger and cold take their toll
"Let us die trying"
Recalling old skills
A painful journey
Map
Saving a cache of fish
Sadness among The People
The stillness is broken
A new beginning
About the Gwich'in People

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