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Raising Ourselves: A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River (Alaska Book Adventures (Epicenter Press)) ebook

by James L Grant,Velma Wallis


For a thousand years, the Gwich'in clan had followed migratory animals . RAISING OURSELVES is a gritty, sobering, yet irresistible story filled with laughter even as generations of Gwich'in grief seeps from.

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. Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska. Life is defined by the business of living off the land. RAISING OURSELVES is 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. Результаты поиска по книге.

Raising Ourselves book. Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes. Hauling water from the river. For a thousand years, the Gwich'in clan had followed migratory animals across Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska.

Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon .

Born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children, Velma Wallis comes of age in a two-room log cabin in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska. Haul water from the river. Trap fur. Take care of the dogs. For a thousand years, the Gwich'in clan had followed migratory animals across the north.

This novel, Raising Ourselves, tells of Velma Wallis’ own coming of age in the cabin she lived in with twelve other children and her parents in remote Fort Yukon, Alaska. The only way to travel in and out of this location is by sea, air, snowmobile, or dogsled. Wallis is the sixth child of thirteen, and they all live in a two room log cabin. When Wallis was 13, her father passed away and she quit school to help her mother support the entire family.

Raising Ourselves : A Gwitch'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River. Trapping fur. Taking care of the dogs.

Velma Wallis (born 1960) is a Native American writer of Gwich'in Athabascan Indian descent. She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km (120 mi) northeast of Fairbanks. Velma grew up among 12 siblings. Her father died when she was 13 years old, and she stayed out of school to help her mother with the household.

Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. discover books @ Ohio, United States. Family life is defined by the business of survival: Haul water from the Yukon.

A frank and honestly writen story about growing up in Fort Yukon, Alaska. A tale of the Gwich'in families dealing with acute alcoholism and a generation of cultural loss

A frank and honestly writen story about growing up in Fort Yukon, Alaska. A tale of the Gwich'in families dealing with acute alcoholism and a generation of cultural loss. As sad story but also an honest story of trying cope and reconnect with the old natural way of life and culture that was to be part of her upbringing. Well written by the author whose first book Two Old Women was an international best seller for over a decade. Guskarpes, April 10, 2010.

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by Velma Wallis and James L. Grant. Alcohol use. Gwich'in women. About the Authors 2. Velma Wallis page on TeachingBooks. 1 Total Resources 1 Awards View Text Complexity Submit Text Complexity. Biography & Autobiography Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Native American & Aboriginal. Show More- Show Fewer Details. James L. Grant page on TeachingBooks. Book Guides, Activities & Lessons 1. Nonfiction Read and Respond Customizable Lesson. Created by TeachingBooks.

Velma Wallis shares the love, loss, and struggle that mark her coming of age in a two-room cabin at Fort Yukon, Alaska, where she is born in 1960, the sixth of thirteen children. Family life is defined by the business of survival: Haul water from the Yukon. Kill a moose. Chop firewood. Feed the sled dogs staked around the cabin. Run the trap line. Catch salmon. It is a time of innocence and laughter, too, as the children escape into a world of play under the midnight sun.

The once-migratory family has settled at the confluence of two rivers, surrendering much of their language, culture, and religion to white teachers, traders, and missionaries. A knot of silent pain remains from flu epidemics that claimed many loved ones. There is much drinking when the monthly government checks arrive. That is when the pain comes out of hiding.

When Velma Wallis is twelve, her father dies. She and her siblings fend for themselves as their mother descends into depression and alcoholism. Velma follows her own path, a journey of persistence, recovery, reconciliation, and ultimately of finding her own strength.

Fani
This is a fine follow-up to Alaskan Indian Velma Wallis's best selling book "Two Old Women," which is based on a story her mother told her, just before she would go to sleep in their two-room cabin in Fort Yukon in the Alaskan north country.
It was a cabin she shared with her parents and 12 brothers and sisters, and in this book, she helps us to see every nook and corner of that cabin, including all kinds of interesting items under the beds, and that Alaskan staple, the chilly Outhouse.
She describes the struggles her parents make just to keep the family fed and warm ---a real subsistence life-style. Then the changes in the 1970s, when television and a liquor store came in.
Early in the book, she says that there were many times in her childhood when she was happy, but also a good number of times when she was unhappy because of the alcoholism affecting those around her.
As a resident of rural, or "bush" Alaska, I feel that we could all use many more stories about village life in this last frontier, especially stories told by the Native people who live there.
I share another reviewer's conclusion thanking Velma for her courage and insight. Also her appreciation of the tiny details in our daily lives, and finally, her sense of humor. No matter how difficult the winters or family circumstances can become, I've learned that a sense of humor always helps.
I'm eagerly waiting for your next book Velma, and a movie as well.
Amhirishes
This book is about Velma Wallace's life. She is only two years older than I am, so it has been a real mind bending and awakening read for me. She is very open about life growing up in Fort Yukon, Alaska with twelve brothers and sisters. She lets us see within the walls of her two room log cabin that sits downtown. We see the joys, the struggles, and the sorrows of growing up Indian in Alaska. Velma is not very many generation removed from when the Indians had to survive together off the land, before the influence of Western Culture. She artfully expresses the changes that happened, and how the old ways were still woven in with the new ways. I learned a lot about the culture, and the changes and challenges that affected these people. From the comments on the cover by other Native American Leaders, this story rings true for other Native cultures besides just the Gwitch'in. A very powerful book.
Halloween
REALLY GOOD THANKS VELMA. i am an old alaska hand and think you did great again.
JOIN
After reading "Two Old Women", I wanted to read this book. I have not finished it yet, but so far, I like it very much.
Saithinin
I'm a big Velma Wallace fan-loved Two Old Women. I read Raising Ourselves first and was immediately captivated as well as hurt. I was hurt because of the drinking and violence. I was hurt because of the childhood pain. Creator doesn't spare children from the horrors of hard living. Thank you Velma, for writing your story and teaching your readers about Gwitch'in. I am hoping to read this story out loud to my grandaughter when she is older.
Androrim
I have been researching Alaska for a novel I'm writing, and I found this autobiography very interesting and informative. It was not an easy life, and Ms. Wallis has written very evocatively about brave and lively children growing up under difficult circumstances. It shows the strength of Gwich'in the women in coping with hardship and tragedy, as well as their ability to maintain a sense of humor throughout.
Cia
I love her style of writing, very spare and down to earth. A heartbreaking story of the after effects of our interference with Alaskan Indians. I'm sorry.
Wonder why alcohol takes such a toll on the villages in Alaska and the rest of the USA? Read this and get a glimmering of an idea.
Raising Ourselves: A Gwich'in Coming of Age Story from the Yukon River (Alaska Book Adventures (Epicenter Press)) ebook
Author:
James L Grant,Velma Wallis
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