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    Velma Wallis – Athabascan

    Velma Wallis (born 1960) is an Gwich’in Athabascan Indian and bestselling U.S. novelist. Her work has been translated into 17 languages. Life and work She was born and raised in a remote Alaskan village near Fort Yukon, approximately 200 km north-east of Fairbanks. This location could be accessed only by riverboat, airplane, snowmobile or dogsled. Velma grew up among twelve siblings. Her father died when she was thirteen 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.)



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