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Two Old Women by Velma Wallis - 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

Two old women are cool

By Korys Mom

from Mechanicsburg PA

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        Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women by Velma Wallis - 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 by Velma Wallis - 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 by Velma Wallis - 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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                    Pros

                    • Cultural Information

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                    • Short

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                      Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women by Velma Wallis - 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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Quick Read

                      By Mobiledeb

                      from Eagan MN

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                      • Quick Read Informative

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                        • Message To Heed Today

                        Comments about Bas Bleu Two Old Women by Velma Wallis - 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 by Velma Wallis - 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 by Velma Wallis - 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 by Velma Wallis - 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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                                      • Addition To Personal Libr
                                      • Gift To Friend

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

                                            Valuable life lesson "die trying"

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