Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun

Paperback | September 12, 1997

byVelma Wallis

not yet rated|write a review
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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$11.61 online
$17.50 list price (save 33%)
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From Our Editors

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

From the Publisher

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 o...

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...

other books by Velma Wallis

Two Old Women, 20th Anniversary Edition: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
Two Old Women, 20th Anniversary Edition: An Alaska Lege...

Paperback|Nov 5 2013

$16.25 online$18.50list price(save 12%)
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival
Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage an...

Hardcover|Mar 1 2004

$21.76 online$23.50list price
see all books by Velma Wallis
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 12, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060977280

ISBN - 13:9780060977283

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun

Reviews

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

Extra Content

From Our Editors

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)