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

Two Old Women An Alaska Legend of Betrayal Courage and Survival An Alaskan tale of triumph over adversity that is a story of strength courage and two women s will to survive and the winner of a Western State Book Award Full of adventure suspense and obsta

  • Title: Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival
  • Author: Velma Wallis
  • ISBN: 9780945397182
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An Alaskan tale of triumph over adversity that is a story of strength, courage, and two women s will to survive and the winner of a 1993 Western State Book Award.Full of adventure, suspense, and obstacles overcome an octogenarian version of Thelma and Louise triumphant Kirkus Reviews Two Old Women speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisAn Alaskan tale of triumph over adversity that is a story of strength, courage, and two women s will to survive and the winner of a 1993 Western State Book Award.Full of adventure, suspense, and obstacles overcome an octogenarian version of Thelma and Louise triumphant Kirkus Reviews Two Old Women speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom Ursula K Le GuinA

    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, th Anniversary Edition An Alaska Legend Two Old Women speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom Ursula K Le Guin A beautiful and moving book Velma Wallis s writing is as lean and muscular, as full of unexpected bounties, as the far north, and readers are sure to be delighted with Two Old Women Washington Post 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 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 Summary Study Guide SuperSummary In the novella Two Old Women by Velma Harris, the harsh Alaskan climate and rigidity of tribal life set the stage for a life changing journey marked by perseverance and passion Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, two elderly women find themselves in the fight of their lives, a fight they rise to with beauty and determination. 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. 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. 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 [...]

    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 hande [...]

    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 the [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 decid [...]

    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 wonderf [...]

    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 more profound and/or more worthwhile and/or better for ratings, it's more 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 m [...]

    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 ind [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 im [...]

    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 more than [...]

    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 lik [...]

    18. 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.

    19. I probably shouldn't admit that I didnt " love this little tale". I read it for a book club, never would have chosen it

    20. 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.

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more an [...]

    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 ha [...]

    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 o [...]

    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 [...]

    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 responsi [...]

    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 sai [...]

    29. The survival story of two elderly Athabaskan women abandoned by their tribe during a time of famine. I will say no more 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, [...]

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