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

Velma Wallis Paperback, 127 pages; 2013 (1993)
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Sa' was seventy-five years old and Ch'idzigyaak had seen eighty summers when the two old women were deserted by their nomadic tribe in the dead of a grim Arctic winter, because food had become too scarce to support life in the small band. Shocked, hurt, and angered by this betrayal, provided with only the knowledge gained by their years of experience and the small hatchet left for them by Ch'idzigyaak's grandson, the two determine that if they must die, they will "die trying." This is an Athabascan legend framed powerfully in the written word by Athabascan native Velma Wallis. I strongly recommend this work, which combines mythic legend and the most modern themes: empowerment of women, the graying of America, and a growing interest in Native American values.

A Reader Review by Ruth W. Gardener of Malaga, Washington

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        5.0

        Quick Read

        By Mobiledeb

        from Eagan MN

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        Pros

        • Quick Read Informative

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          • Message To Heed Today

          Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

          Not only was this a quick and fun book to read it has a message that we need to heed in this day and age. If we choose to dispose of the elderly we will lose invaluable knowledge learned from experience.

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          5.0

          A Study in Survival

          By Cattlover

          from San Diego

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          • Engaging And Inspiring

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            Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

            Great read.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not impressed

            By Alice

            from Chicagoland

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            • Good Teaching Tool Of Sur

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                Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                Not a good read for adults

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                4.0

                Great book

                By JF the Reader

                from PA

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                      Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                      bought this for my sister; now all of us sisters want to read it.

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                      • Yes

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Old does not mean useless

                      By davidskid

                      from Huntingdon, Pa

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                      • Enlightening
                      • Good read

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                        • Gift To Friend

                        Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                        I purchased this as a gift. I have read it and I am sure my friend will like it. Itvis greatvtobsee how two oldsters survive and prove their worth. Society today has no use for the old; it's a shame.

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                        5.0

                        Short, sweet and thought provoking

                        By KJ

                        from Warrenville IL

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                              Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                              Valuable life lesson "die trying"

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              favorite book

                              By sue

                              from kentucky

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                                    Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                                    My favorite book. I keep buying copies and giving it to all of my female friends. It is an inspiration.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Legend or truth??

                                    By Van

                                    from MI

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                                          Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                                          Fast read and good moral teaching for everyone.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Powerfully beautiful story

                                          By Elizabeth/RiverwoodWriter

                                          from Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

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                                                Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                                                This haunting Alaskan legend is wonderfully told by a member of the Athabascan Indian tribe from whence it came. I came away with a vivid picture of the upper Yukon River Valley and its harsh beauty. The story of two old women's survival in this harsh environment after being abandoned by their tribe is both inspiring and heartwarming.

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                                                5.0

                                                The Value of Knowledge

                                                By Gail the teacher

                                                from Bakersfield, CA

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                                                • Forgiveness
                                                • Ring Of Truth
                                                • strong women
                                                • Tribal Legend

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                                                • none

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                                                • Book club
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                                                Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

                                                I read this book for my own enjoyment.
                                                I enjoy information about native people and their customs.

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