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

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

by Velma Wallis, James L. Grant (Illustrator)
 

Velma Wallis grows up in the raw, unsettled aftermath of a cultural invasion of her village on the Yukon River in Alaska. The author's great aunts still speak Gwich'in but their children - the generation of Velma's mother and father - speak only English because the Native language was forbidden in schools run by white outsiders. The village elders seem like

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Velma Wallis grows up in the raw, unsettled aftermath of a cultural invasion of her village on the Yukon River in Alaska. The author's great aunts still speak Gwich'in but their children - the generation of Velma's mother and father - speak only English because the Native language was forbidden in schools run by white outsiders. The village elders seem like strangers from another land. And, in a way, they are. RAISING OURSELVES is a refreshingly honest story of renewal, reconciliation, and strength as Velma Wallis and her people come to grips with alcoholism ans cultural loss. Velma Wallis' first book, TWO OLD WOMEN, is a publishing phenomenon. A decade after its release, it continued to be an international bestseller, having been translated into seventeen languages and selling more than a million copies.

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"This book made me laugh, cry in anger, feel elated, and awakened in me again the sometimes sleeping, but always-fighting spirit to be myself as an Indian …the reading was an evening of pure joy."

--Long Standing Bear Chief, Blackfoot Nation

"Velma Wallis gets applause for good-hearted and courageous honesty in a good book that contributes to the understanding of a little-understood part of America."

--Cedar Rapids Gazette

"Velma tells a kick-ass story of growing up Gwich'in. If you want to know the truth about being Indian in a white-dominated world, read this book."

--Duncan Sings-Alone, Cherokee storyteller, author of Sprinting Backwards

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970849304
Publisher:
Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Alaska Book Adventures (Epicenter Press) Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 Years

Meet 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 equavalency exam. She is the author of TWO OLD WOMEN, which is an international bestseller, having been translated into seventeen languages.

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