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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

        Old does not mean useless

        By davidskid

        from Huntingdon, Pa

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        • Enlightening
        • Good read

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          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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                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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                      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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                            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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                                  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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                                  5.0

                                  great indian tale

                                  By mbigcat

                                  from nyc

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

                                        this is one of the best books i've read in a long time..a great story of overcoming adversity and deepening human connections …i love the eloquent and simple way the story was told…while i recommend it to anyone, i believe older women in particular will feel its message….thanks for offering this book, which i otherwise probably would not have discovered.

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                                        5.0

                                        Are the 2 Old Ladies All of Us???

                                        By Swamprat

                                        from Centreville, MD

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                                        Pros

                                        • Intense read
                                        • Intriguing Observation
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                                        • Short But Wonderful

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                                        • Mirrors Society Elders

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                                        How I will use this book...to share with friends
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