22 December 2007

Velma Wallis, Two Old Women, 1993

A long and graceful retelling of an Athabaskan legend of two old women, Ch’idzigyaak and Sa’, who are abandoned by their tribe and left to fend for themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Velma Wallis, an Athabaskan herself, has kept to straightforward traditional storytelling even though this is a centuries-old, octogenarian version of Thelma and Louise.   PY

  Two Old Women won the 1993 Western States Book Award.

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