Velma Wallis





Velma Wallis


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Fort Yukon, The United States
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Velma Wallis (born 1960) is a Gwich'in Athabascan Indian and bestselling U.S. novelist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.

She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km north-east of Fairbanks. This location could be accessed only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile or dogsled. Velma grew up among twelve siblings. Her father died when she was thirteen years old, and she stayed out of school to help her mother with the household. (She later went on to receive her GED diploma, which is a High School equivalent.)

About twelve miles away from the village, her father had once built a small cabin in the wilderness. He had been an active hunter and trapper. Some time after his death Velma surpr
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“Let us die trying.”
Velma Wallis

“They forget that we, too, have earned the right to live! So I say if we are going to die, my friend, let us die trying, not sitting.”
Velma Wallis, Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

“Now, because we have spent so many years convincing the younger people that we are helpless, they believe that we are no longer of use to this world.”
Velma Wallis, Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival

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