“In this particular band were two old women cared for by The People for many years. The older woman’s name was Ch’idzigyaak, for she reminded her parents of a chickadee bird when she was born. The other woman’s name was Sa’, meaning “star”, because at the time of her birth her mother had been looking at the fall night sky, concentrating on the distant stars to take her mind away from the painful labor contractions” (Wallis, 2004, p. 3).
The above paragraph is from Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival which introduces to the reader, the first of the few characters that the reader will follow in the pages to follow. Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival is a fascinating story by Velma Wallis in which she shows how sheer determination can bring a person out alive from circumstances from which one would hardly expect to survive through. Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival is Velma Wallis’s first book and was published in 1993 (Cevado Technologies, 2004).