Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival

Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival By Velma Wallis, Two Old Women An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal Courage and Survival An Alaska Legend of Betrayal Courage and SurvivalBased 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 sh
  • Title: Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival
  • Author: Velma Wallis
  • ISBN: 9780972494496
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival By Velma Wallis, An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and SurvivalBased 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 ofAn Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and SurvivalBased 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 than 1.5 million copies.Includes new introduction by the author, new afterword by the editor, and a discussion guide for book group readers.
    Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival By Velma Wallis, Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and These two old women were me and you, turning fear into courage but most of all holding their traditional values in tact the entire journey There is sorrow, worry, joy, relief and many other human emotions experienced in this tale of struggle to survive and thrive, which these two old women do victoriously. Two Old Women An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and 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 Two Old Women Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Jul , Two old women are left to die so that the rest of the tribe might have a better chance to survive, but they do not die in fact, after overcoming incredible environmental conditions and physical limitations, they survive the winter and prepare for the next better than the tribe. Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis The People are a tribe of Native Americans who live north of the Arctic Circle. TWO OLD WOMEN Kirkus Reviews 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 Two Old Women The Film Home Facebook Two Old Women is a literary classic by acclaimed Alaska Native author Velma Wallis Sleeping Lady Films is proud Two Old Women Study Guide Pre reading Introduction Name On the surface, Two Old Women by Velma Wallis is the story of two old women fighting to survive in the Alaskan wilderness, so thinking about survival will help you get ready to read the book All living creatures have the desire to survive. LitSite Alaska Two Old Women Discussion Questions Chapter Hunger and Cold Take Their Toll Chapter Summary In this chapter The People are starving and desperate The Chief and the council decide to leave the two frail old women, Sa and Ch idzigyaak, behind Ch idzigyaak s daughter and grandson secretly leave a bundle of moose hide string and a hatchet for the two old women. Sa Two old women Sa is years old She is the younger of the two women Growing up she was not your typical woman of the tribe She preferred hunting and fishing over sewing and watching the children She didn t have much interest in getting arranged to marry a man of the tribe, and she
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    1. Velma Wallis

      Velma Wallis born 1960 is a Gwich in Athabascan Indian and bestselling U.S novelist Her work has been translated into 17 languages.She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km north east of Fairbanks This location could be accessed only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile or dogsled Velma grew up among twelve siblings Her father died when she was thirteen years old, and she stayed out of school to help her mother with the household She later went on to receive her GED diploma, which is a High School equivalent About twelve miles away from the village, her father had once built a small cabin in the wilderness He had been an active hunter and trapper Some time after his death Velma surprised her family and friends by leaving home and living in the cabin for some years She perfected her trapping, fishing and hunting skills and lived on what she could provide for herself At one point her mother joined her during the summer to teach her of the traditional skills needed to survive In this area, where the Porcupine River flows into the Yukon River, Velma Wallis lived an independent lifestyle These experiences led directly to her first book, Two Old Women, which astonished her publisher by selling 1.5 million copies worldwide.Velma Wallis, who has three daughters and a son, now divides her time between Fairbanks and Fort Yukon.

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    1. Over the course of my reading this year, I have come across a number of books stressing the importance of age being just a number and that just because a person is old, does not make that person weak or enfeebled The latest book that I have encountered this in is Two Old Women An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis A mythological tale passed down orally from generation to generation, Wallis has set a tale that her mother told her into print form as she relates how tw [...]

    2. A classic native legend of two old women surviving the cold winter in the tundra region of Alaska A perfect quick read to kick off my year of reading Alaska and Canada, and book 1 of 2018.

    3. 5 beautiful inspirational stars I loved this tale of betrayal and injustice turned into hope, self discovery, integrity, survival of extreme situation and friendshipEspecially because the courageous survivors were two old frail women Now, because we have spent so many years convincing the younger people that we are helpless, they believe that we are no longer of use to this world This is a story before the time of Western culture, a traditional Athabaskan natives of Alaska story handed down gene [...]

    4. Update Mom loved it, and I am so grateful that she and I share a love of fiction Review I loved this book I can t wait to give it to my 89 year old mother to read It s such an affirmation of the dignity and wisdom of older age My review may spoil the story for you so proceed cautiously from here Two Old Women is based on an Athabascan Indian legend A starving tribe of Alaskan natives leaves two old women alone in the freezing cold to die, because every mouthful of food is precious, and these two [...]

    5. Velma Wallis was born in Fort Yukon, a remote village in interior Alaska and grew up in a traditional Athabaskan family Alaskan Athabaskans are native to Alaska, the original inhabitants of the interior of Alaska, living a culture of inland creek and river fishing, fabricating what they need from the resources that surround them, living by a matrilineal system in which children belong to the mother s clan.They are believed to have descended from Asians who crossed from eastern Siberia into Alask [...]

    6. I read Velma Wallis Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun An Athabaskan Indian Legend from Alaska many years ago and really enjoyed her translation of oral history to the written word It was nice to revisit her folk stories in this short novel My hard copy of the book is the 20th Anniversary edition, published in 2013 Glad to see the publisher re release the book to a new audience.The story follows a small band of Athabaskans in a particularly hard winter, who make the choice to leave two e [...]

    7. This is a rather wonderful re telling of a legend about two women who are abandoned by thier tribe The book chronicles the women as they find that while surviving is hard, they can do it, and perhaps teach some lessons of thier own.

    8. Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis A story set in Alaska s arctic circle an area between Fort Yukon and Chalkyitsik is about two old women of the Gwich in People The Gwich in People are one of eleven distinct Athabaskan groups in Alaska This is the story of two old women who do nothing while other members of The People have to assist them as they walk with their walking sticks complaining One hard winter The People are starving and it is decided that [...]

    9. I m an older woman myself busy exploring the wilderness near the town where my husband and I have retired My daughter thought I d love this book about VERY old Athabaskan women who are left behind by their migrating tribe because they would be a burden on the tribe Instead of going off to die in the wilderness they figure out how to survive on their own It is an exquisitely detailed retelling of an old legend the author grew up hearing She has truly honored her elders by writing this wonderful b [...]

    10. I ve become increasingly sick of the Battle Royale iterations a good portion of my television shows have turned into Kill your darlings if you must in your creative writing classes, but if you think chopping off characters whom the audiences have obviously become attached to is profound and or worthwhile and or better for ratings, it s likely that you re lying to yourself and taking the easy way out In this day and whitewashing age, vacuums are simple to deal with You plant a memorial, dole o [...]

    11. A short, quick read, well worth the few afternoon hours it took me to devour the chronicling of an Alaskan legend.In the introduction, author Velma Wallis writes This story of the two old women is from a time long before the arrival of the Western culture, and has been handed down from generation to generation, from person to person, to my mother, and then to me This story told me that there is no limit to one s ability certainly not age to accomplish in life what one must Within each individual [...]

    12. How must you live your life All alone, or with a little help from some friends, you can cling to it no matter what the odds are and if you re lucky triumph momentarily against death Then your story will live on as an inspiration and give courage when hope is waning and in that way you would have conquered death Metaphorically at least.For who knows if these two old women abandoned by their nomadic tribe during a famine were not real life characters who were just lost in legend

    13. This story is delightful The author wrote with such skill that I felt I sat at her feet, while gazing into the embers of glowing fire while she told the tale of these two brave women She literally took me to this place in her memory Ms Wallis makes a valid point in her introductory of this book that the oral histories of our people and families need to be preserved She also acknowledges the elders of her tribe and gives them respect in her dedication.I was reading this book while waiting in a do [...]

    14. The other day at our neighborhood s annual progressive dinner I met a new neighbor who recommended a book, Two Old Women I tracked it down at once and today I read it And it s wonderful.Written by Velma Wallis, who was born on the Arctic Circle in Fort Yukon, Alaska, Two Old Women a story her mother told her when she was a child about the Athabascan people before the influence of European culture.The People, a nomadic band of Athabascan Indians, are struggling to make it through a particularly b [...]

    15. During a time when she and her mother were working outdoors side by side in the Fort Yukon community in Alaska and reflecting upon those ancestors who had been able to sustain a gritty, hard won physical strength and wisdom up until their deaths Velma Wallis s mother told her this story, which had been orally handed down from generation to generation Impressed by the legend s great life lessons, Velma returned to their winter cabin and wrote it down, using a little of her own creative imaginatio [...]

    16. Finally I visited Alaska, one of my dream literary destinations The visit was short, but memorable This is the true story of two Alaskan nomadic elderly women who were left to die by the tribal chieftain after a collective council decision, perhaps as a strategic survival move during the very lean and bitter winter These women, despite their advanced ages 75 and 80 , somehow found their will to live, and utilizing their collective knowledge of 150 odd years, managed to survive for than a year T [...]

    17. Two Old Woman is retelling of a legend I have never read, or listened to it told in its original form, so I can t say anything about that, but this is a beautiful novella Two old women vs nature may not sound very exciting, but the story is effective They have to rely on each other to survive They are old, so not very physically strong, which means they need to find a way to use all their combined skills to make it I ve read this book once and listened to an audiobook version once, and liked the [...]

    18. This is a lovely legend told to the author by her grandmother, about 2 old women who are left by their tribe when the tribe grows hungry and can no longer feed everyone Yet, these two women manage to survive a year on their own I read it in a single sitting.

    19. A classic tale of Athabascan folklore An important piece of oral history that is now written for those of us with a different heritage Short, but very good.

    20. I probably shouldn t admit that I didnt love this little tale I read it for a book club, never would have chosen it

    21. While this may have been a smaller book, it was filled with depth While it looks like a children s book with its pictures and large text, this was found in the non fiction section and could probably be considered mythology It s based on an Athabascan Indian legend that the author s mother had passed down to her The story inspired her so much, that Wallis wanted to put it down to share with others.Two older women have been abandoned by their tribe and left for dead because they are thought of as [...]

    22. Truly amazing little book and so very, very well written Every adult and every young adult should read this book, written by Velma Wallis, a younger descendant of her Athabascan Indian tribe The story and legend and I can see that there has to be some truth to this legend revolves around an eighty year old woman and a seventy five year old woman.From the dustjacket Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River area in Al [...]

    23. This book reads like a fable a simple story of two old women whose own behaviour has made them burdensome when their small Alaskan tribe struggles to survive in very difficult times After they are abandoned, their will to live and the re discovery of their own resourcefulness and endurance leads them from weakness to strength and finally to flourishing At first the story seemed simplistic, and I don t usually like these kinds of tales Paul Coelho comes to mind But as I read, I came and to find [...]

    24. The book Two Old Women by Velma Wallis a fantastic book about survival, betrayal, and courage The author, Velma Wallis, tells the story of two old women with clarity and detail, leaving no loose ends Velma Wallis herself lived in Fort Yukon, a remote part of Alaska, which is probably why the story seems so realistic and heartfelt.Two Old Women is basically the story of two old women, betrayed by their tribe in the midst of winter The old women, Ch idzigyaak and Sa , must survive in the harsh cli [...]

    25. This is a legend told to a daughter by her mother and it feels like that that the reader is snuggled down for a bedtime story of power, morals and significance Two old women, members of a tribe who live up near the Yukon river, are abandoned one cold winter as too burdensome to the tribe when there is not enough to eat It is a shock but these two women pull together and survive The book recounts the decision of the tribe and what it cost the chief to make such a decision and how the people of th [...]

    26. This is a small book that comes with a big message I liked the story and the inspiration it provokes It is an Athabaskan Indian Lengend that has been passed on between mothers and daughters for generations It is the shocking tale of two elderly women who are abandoned by their migrating tribe The other tribe members feel that the two women are holding them back They also feel that the two old women are not worth the food they are eating Because of food shortages, the tribe decides to just leave [...]

    27. Once young children get their bodies moving, they know few limitations Their bodies can do things even if their minds say not Then the body starts this changing, slowing process where the body slows down so much that split second decisions and re decisions can be made Too often it seems easier to let someone else do for our aging selves Too often it seems easier to complain slightly in order for others to do for us Too often it seems easier to refuse to do things, giving others the responsibilit [...]

    28. Pleasant and enjoyable It s short It reads like a fairy tale about betrayal, courage, resilience, survival, and inspiration.This was a tribal legend passed down through word of mouth until Velma Wallis put it in writing and published it in 1993 An Alaskan tribe believed their two oldest women were useless and left them behind to die But the old women survived and thrived I won t spoil the ending other than to say it was happy Instead of sitting still the women pushed themselves and said at least [...]

    29. The survival story of two elderly Athabaskan women abandoned by their tribe during a time of famine I will say no as this story is so short I would give all away A wonderful, inspirational Alaskan legend The drawings throughout the book and on the cover were done by Athabaskan, James Grant, lend a sense of the culture to the tale In addition, the story at the end of the book of how the book got published inspired.This book only takes about an hour or so to read, less for faster readers, in spit [...]

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