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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

A FAVORITE

By ferris the wheel

from Pulaski, TN

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

        I USED IT IN TALKS I GAVE, as inspiration, as a gift. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the lessons within the story. Well written.

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        5.0

        product was better then expected

        By pudman55

        from Dansville, N.Y.

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        • Could Have Been True
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          Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival:

          shows woman are stronger then there people think

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          5.0

          Two old women are cool

          By Korys Mom

          from Mechanicsburg PA

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

                Great story to hear when turning 60 this year. Gave me a big boost of confidence.

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                4.0

                Interesting story about from our oral traditions

                By LM

                from Central California

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

                      Used this book for one of my book club meetings

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                      5.0

                      Women regaining self-respect

                      By Cheeky Girl

                      from Baltimore MD

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

                            A good read for anyone who wants to overcome adverse circumstances. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful story of hope for us older women

                            By Pat in Hat

                            from Dripping Springs, TX

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                            • Cultural Information

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                            • Short

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

                              I read it in one sitting and am going to pass it on to a dear friend. It reminds me of Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon.

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                              5.0

                              Quick Read

                              By Mobiledeb

                              from Eagan MN

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                                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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                                  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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