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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).


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.

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  • ISBN: 0060975849
  • ISBN: 9780060975845
  • Physical Description: xiii, 140 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm
  • Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1994.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Hunger and cold take their toll -- "Let us die trying" -- Recalling old skills -- A painful journey -- Saving a cache of fish -- Sadness among The People -- The stillness is broken -- A new beginning -- About the Gwich'in People.
Subject: Gwich'in Indians > Folklore.
Athapascan Indians > Folklore.
Legends > Alaska.
Athapascan Indians.
Gwich'in Indians.
Genre: Folklore.

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Homer Public Library 398.2 [AKA_DUP] WAL (Text) 000119675 Ask Staff -- Duplicate Available -
Homer Public Library AK 398.2 WAL (Text) 000109117 Alaskana -- Nonfiction Available -

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