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Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by… (original 1993; udgave 1750)

af Velma Wallis

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis (2003-06-03)
Forfattere:Velma Wallis
Info:Epicenter Press (1750), Edition: First Edition first Printing
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Two Old Women is based on an Alaskan legend. In a time of famine, two old women are abandoned by their people during a brutal winter. Left alone in the woods with minimal supplies, the women must remember skills from their youth in order to survive.

This is a beautiful, well-written re-telling of a native legend. The depiction of the cold winter and utter aloneness the women face abandoned in the Yukon is written masterfully by Wallis. The women grow strong, fueled by their betrayal and abandonment at the hands of their own people. In the end, they learn the power of friendship and forgiveness.

I loved this story. It's a quick read at only 140 pages. The adventurous tale of two elderly women surviving in the wilderness alone is beautiful and heart-warming. Plus, they learn so much their own strength and worth, while discovering the value of friendship, community, trust, forgiveness and cooperation. As with most legends, there is a deep truth at the foundations of this tale. Elders have a huge value to their families and should be treated with respect and kindness. And, the elderly should not just becoming complainers who expect to be served. The elderly should remember that they have strength, responsibilities and the power to inspire and teach those around them, especially children. This is just a lovely re-telling of a traditional Athabascan Indian tale.

Velma Wallis has also written two other books based on Alaskan lore: Bird Girl & The Man Who Followed The Sun, and Raising Ourselves: A Gwitch'in Coming Of Age Story From The Yukon River. ( )
1 stem JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Velma Wallis has written down an old Athabascan Indian legend about 2 old women left behind to die by their tribe. The telling of the tale is smooth and fast-paced --- the book is only about 100 pages long -- and she keeps the narration sparse and without embellishment, making it feel more authentic and true. The 2 women, (with unpronounceable names) determine to survive, "or die trying." Their determination is inspiring as is their physical strength, resourcefulness and ultimate devotion to each other. There are lessons here of endurance, respect for elders, forgiveness and redemption -- and lots to dicuss as a result. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
A quick read. A story of two Athabaskan elderly women who were left behind by their tribal chief to die. A story of survival. Written by an Athabaskan woman. ( )
  ilovemycat1 | Aug 11, 2020 |
Ein Nomadenstamm im hohen Norden von Alaska: Während eines bitterkalten Winters kommt es zu einer gefährlichen Hungersnot. Wie das alte Stammesgesetz es vorschreibt, beschließt der Häuptling, die beiden ältesten Frauen als »unnütze Esser« zurückzulassen, um den Stamm zu retten. Doch in der Einsamkeit der eisigen Wildnis geschieht das Unglaubliche: Die beiden alten Indianerfrauen geben nicht auf, sondern besinnen sich auf ihre ureigenen Fähigkeiten, die sie längst vergessen geglaubt hatten …
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
Two old women do not know each other very well before being abandoned by their People. Surviving the wilds of Arctic Circle Alaska is serious business, especially when you are elderly. Winter is closing in, food is scarce, and it is time for the tribe to be moving on. The Athabaskan Chief and his Council make the tough decision to leave their weakest behind in order to survive the harsh elements. This means seventy-five year old Sa' and eighty year old Ch'idzigyaak are left to fend for themselves: finding food, making clothes, securing shelter, and staving off loneliness. These women are tough and resourceful, which makes for great perseverance.
Spoiler alert. This has a happy ending so you know the women survive. That wasn't the plot twist for me. What I didn't expect was the women's fear of their tribe "finding" them again. They were suspicious of potential malevolent behavior (including cannibalism) if they were discovered to have survived. Even when they are reunited with their People, it takes time to trust them again. Who can blame them? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Apr 8, 2020 |
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Each day after cutting wood we would sit and talk in our small tent on the bank at the mouth of the Porcupine River, near where it flows into the Yukon.
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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.

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