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Raising Ourselves: A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River

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Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska, a location accessible only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile, or dog sled. Life is defined by the business of living off the land. Chopping wood. Hauling water from the river. Hunting moose. Catching salmon. Trapping fur. Taking care of the dogs. For a thousand years, the Gwich'in clan had followed migratory animals across the north. But two generations before, the people had settled where the Porcupine River flows into the Yukon. Now, the Wallis family has a post office box and an account at the general store, and Velma listens to Wolf Man Jack on armed forces radio. The author discovers that her people have surrendered their language, traditional values, and religion to white teachers, traders, and missionaries. Flu epidemics have claimed many loved ones. Village elders seem like strangers from another land, and in a way they are. There is much drinking when the monthly government checks come, and that is when the pain comes out of hiding. Written by the author of the international bestseller Two Old Women, this memoir yields a gritty, sobering, yet irresistible story filled with laughter even as generations of Gwich'in grief seeps from past to present. But hope pushes back hopelessness, and a new strength and wisdom emerge.

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RAISING OURSELVES is a gritty, sobering, yet irresistible memoir filled with laughter even as generations of Gwich'in grief seeps from past to present. But hope pushes back hopelessness, and a new strength and wisdom emerge from the lives of the native people of the Yukon River in Alaska.


About the Author

Velma Wallis is Alaska's contemporary bestselling author. She was born in Fort Yukon, Alaska, one of thirteen children. When her father died she dropped out of school to help care for her siblings, and later got a high school diploma by passing an equivalency exam. She is the author of TWO OLD WOMEN, which is an international bestseller, having been translated into seventeen languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780972494472
Author:
Wallis, Velma
Publisher:
Epicenter Press
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Alcoholism
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Memoir
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Gwitch in
Subject:
Fort Yukon
Subject:
Alaska
Subject:
Growing Up
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photos
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 11.7 oz

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RAISING OURSELVES is a gritty, sobering, yet irresistible memoir filled with laughter even as generations of Gwich'in grief seeps from past to present. But hope pushes back hopelessness, and a new strength and wisdom emerge from the lives of the native people of the Yukon River in Alaska.


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