Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun
"A wonderful read. Wallis's writing is simple yet rich. . . . The story delivers a message of overcoming hardship, of being true to yourself even when it is the most difficult thing to do." -- West Coast Review of Books
With the publication of Two Old Women, Velma Wallis firmly established herself as one of the most important voices in Native American writing. A national bestseller, her empowering fable won numerous awards, was translated into sixteen languages, and went on to international success. Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun follows in this bestselling tradition.
Rooted in the ancient legends of Alaska's Athabaskan Indians, it tells the stories of two adventurers who decide to leave the safety of their respective tribes. Bird Girl is a headstrong young woman who learned early on the skills of a hunter. When told that she must end her forays and take up the traditional role of wife and mother, she defies her family's expectations and confidently takes off to brave life on her own. Daagoo is a dreamer, curious about the world beyond. Longing to know what happens to the sun in winter, he sets out on a quest to find the legendary "Land of the Sun." Their stories interweave and intersect as they each face the many dangers and challenges of life alone in the wilderness. In the end, both learn that the search for individualism often comes at a high price, but that it is a price well worth paying, for through this quest comes the beginning of true wisdom.
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About the Author
Velma Wallis is one in a family of thirteen children, all born in the vast fur-trapping country of Fort Yukon, Alaska, and raised with traditional Athabascan values. A writer and avid reader, she lives in Fairbanks.
"A wonderful read. Wallis's writing is simple yet rich...The story delivers a message of overcoming hardship, of being true to yourself even when it is the most difficult thing to do." -- West Coast Review of Books
"Velma Wallis's Bird Girl, in its beautiful mature simplicity, leaves me thinking: How sad life is! But how fascinating people are!" -- Ursula K. Le Guin
"Because the Indian legends preserved by Wallis are not sanitized, they glow with life and truth. . . . The result is another work rich with her own cultural context and full of universal appeal." -- Bloomsbury Review
"A riveting story. . . . Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun won't be forgotten easily. Their story will haunt the nights. A stunning book." -- Small Press Magazine