Velma Wallis

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Velma Wallis
Born 1960
Near Fort Yukon, Alaska
Nationality American
Ethnicity Gwich'in Athabascan Indian
Occupation Novelist
Known for Author of bestseller, Two Old Women
Children Three daughters and a son
Relatives Twelve siblings

Velma Wallis (born 1960) is a Gwich'in Athabascan Indian who is a bestselling U.S. novelist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km (120 mi) northeast of Fairbanks. This location could be accessed only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile or dogsled.[citation needed] 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. She later went on to receive her GED diploma, which is a High School equivalent.

Independence[edit]

About 12 miles away from the village, her father had once built a small cabin in the wilderness. He had been an active hunter and trapper. Some time after his death Velma surprised her family and friends by leaving home and living in the cabin for some years. She perfected her trapping, fishing and hunting skills and lived on what she could provide for herself. At one point her mother joined her during the summer to teach her more of the traditional skills needed to survive. In this area, where the Porcupine River flows into the Yukon River, Velma Wallis lived an independent lifestyle. These experiences led directly to her first book, Two Old Women, which astonished her publisher by selling 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Personal life[edit]

Velma Wallis, who has three daughters and a son, now divides her time between Fairbanks and Fort Yukon.[2]

Awards[edit]

Velma Wallis bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Velma Wallis on Native American Authors. Ipl.org. Retrieved on 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ Velma Wallis : Voices From the Gaps : University of Minnesota. Voices.cla.umn.edu. Retrieved on 2012-02-20.

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia as of 27 October 2007.