Two Old Women

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Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival. This is history, a teaching story, a good and honest book.

Available in paperback or hardcover.  Velma Wallis (Gwich’in), Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival. 1993, b/w illustrations by Jim Grant.

Two Old Women is a story of starvation times in the history of the Gwich’in people, passed down to Wallis through her mother. It tells of how Ch’idzigyaak and Sa’ were left behind—not of their own choice, how they found the will in themselves to survive, and what the People learned from what they had done. The words are easily those of a told story, with the immediacy and solidity of reality: “Sa’ marveled at the power the land held over people like herself, over the animals, and even over the trees. They all depended on the land, and if its rules were not obeyed, quick and unjudgemental death could fall.” This is history, a teaching story, a good and honest book.