Two Old Women

Two Old Women

An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

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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.
Publisher: Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, c1993
ISBN: 9780945397182
0945397186
9780062244987
Branch Call Number: 398.208997 W1588T 1993
Characteristics: xvii, 127 p. ; 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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