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Two old women : an Alaska legend of betrayal, courage, and survival / by Velma Wallis ; illustrations by Jim Grant.

By: Wallis, VelmaMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, c1993, 2013Edition: First Harper Perennial edition published in 1994. Tenth anniversary edition published by Perennial in 2004. Twentieth anniversary edition published by Harper Perennial in 2013Description: xiii, 127 p. : ill., mapsISBN: 9780062244987Subject(s): Gwich'in Indians -- Folklore | Athapascan Indians -- Folklore | Legends -- AlaskaDDC classification: 398.2/089/972 LOC classification: E99.K84 | W35 1994Online resources: Publisher description Awards: 1993 Western States Book Award Summary: Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).--Publisher's website
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Based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed along for many generations from mothers to daughters of the upper Yukon River Valley in Alaska, this is the suspenseful, shocking, ultimately inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. Though these women have been known to complain more than contribute, they now must either survive on their own or die trying. In simple but vivid detail, Velma Wallis depicts a landscape and way of life that are at once merciless and starkly beautiful. In her old women, she has created two heroines of steely determination whose story of betrayal, friendship, community, and forgiveness "speaks straight to the heart with clarity, sweetness, and wisdom" (Ursula K. Le Guin).--Publisher's website

1993 Western States Book Award

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