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

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Based on an Athabascan 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. The 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.

Twenty years after its first publication, TWO OLD WOMEN continues to be a publishing phenomenon, despite scant national publicity. This word-of-mouth book has been translated into seventeen languages, selling more than 1.5 million copies. --

Includes new introduction by the author, new afterword by the editor, and a discussion guide for book-group readers.

 

About Velma Wallis

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Velma Wallis is one of Alaska's bestselling authors. One of thirteen children, she was born in Fort Yukon, a small Gwich'in Athabascan community at the confluence of the Porcupine and Yukon rivers. She and her family live in Fairbanks, Alaska.
 
Published July 1, 2004 by Harper Perennial. 160 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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The story of the two old women was a favorite: In a winter of famine, the tribe decides to leave behind two elderly women, who although mobile and somewhat productive, complain constantly and require assistance.

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This novel of two Native American women abandoned by their tribe in the Alaskan Yukon won the 1993 Western State Book award. (July)

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This novel of two Native American women abandoned by their tribe in the Alaskan Yukon won the 1993 Western State Book award.

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Two old women dragging along at the end of the wandering group of Artic nomads, The People, don't do much but complain and take up the time and valuable resources of the others.

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