Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun by Velma WallisBird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun by Velma Wallis

Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun

byVelma Wallis

Paperback | September 12, 1997

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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 the Western State Book Award in 1993 and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award in 1994. Translated into 16 languages, it went on to international success, quickly reaching bestseller status in Germany. To date, more than 350,000 copies have been sold worldwide.

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.

Velma Wallis was born in 1960 in Fort Yukon, a remote village of about 650 people in Interior Alaska. Growing up in a traditional Athabaskan family, Wallis was one of thirteen children. When she was thirteen, her father died and she left school to help her mother raise her younger siblings. Wallis later moved to her father's trapping c...
Title:Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 12, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060977280

ISBN - 13:9780060977283

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bird Girl and the Man who Followed the Sun Based on two legends of the Athabaskan Indians, this engrossing novel demonstrates that the search for individualism may be costly, but is a necessary part of finding oneself. The language of the novel is simple, but the story is absorbing and touching, giving an honest and valuable reflection of both tribal functioning and the characters as individuals.
Date published: 1999-06-21

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The author of the bestselling "Two Old Women" retells another classic Alaskan Indian legend about two adventurers who break the taboos of their community and set out on dangerous quests for freedom and knowledge. Line art throughout

Editorial Reviews

"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)