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This collection of student work is from Frank Keim's classes. He has wanted to share these works for others to use as an example of Culturally-based curriculum and documentation. These documents have been OCR-scanned. These are available for educational use only.





Good Luck at Big Bend


On the first day, Loots, Ritchie, UppaBoy, Long and I got all our gear ready, then we started on our long journey up the river. We planned to go to Big Bend Slough where I went last year with different people. We first stopped at Russian Mission for gas and more grub, then we went through Tucker's Slough. That killed a lot of our time. Finally after four or five hours, we found a spot to camp. We pitched the tent, then walked along a small creek where we saw a bull moose. Ritchie and Uppa Boy shot at it first, then Long got to shoot after we all ran into the trees. He was a bad shot, though, and he missed. On our way out of the creek we saw another bull in the trees. Long was the only one with boots high enough to walk in the deep water, but he didn't catch that moose either. So we went back to camp and ate, then went to sleep.

The next morning we drove through all the sloughs, but only saw cows. About noon we went to Holy Cross. That was the first time we'd ever gone there, except for Long. Ritchie, Loots and I were the only ones with money, so Long and Uppaboy stayed at the boat. After we got more gas and food, we went back to our hunting area. On our way down I saw a moose across the river from us. I told Uppaboy, but he didn't believe me. Finally, when I pointed everyone saw it. We sped towards it until we realized it was a cow. We watched it for awhile, then went down the river again. We stopped at the mouth of Big Bend, and while the others walked up the bank to see if there was a meadow with some moose in it, I stayed in the boat. I noticed the ravens circling in the air across the slough and thought about what the old people said about Raven. When the boys came back I told them there was a moose across the slough.

When we started back down Big Bend Slough we saw a moose in the little slough I told the boys about. Before we saw the moose I told Ritchie to get his gun ready. I loaded my rifle and so did he. When we saw the moose Ritchie looked at me surprised, and said holy #$%#!!! The only thing that was wrong was that the moose was a cow with a good sized calf. When we came out of the slough we saw Moses, Bruce, Howie and Nick. We told them that we just saw a couple of moose in the slough and one on the river. As we came down Big Bend Slough we drove fast through the other sloughs. In one of the small sloughs we saw a couple of cows in a meadow, but we left them alone and went father in the slough where we idled out.

On our way out of the slough I looked back into the meadow again. This time I saw a big bull. We were all very excited. Ritchie shot the big bull, and Long shot a bull with small antlers. We skinned them both and dressed the meat, then we went back to camp and slept. It had been a long day!

BY: JOEL ISAACGood Luck at Big Bend

So Cool!

- Tatiana Sergie

Richard's First Moose

- Willie Paul Fitka III

A Blood Trail But No Moose

- Maurice Turet

Close Enough to Hit Them with an Oar

- Tassie Fitka

My Dream Moose

- Kimberly Fitka

My First Experience with a Moose

- Kimberly Fitka

The First and Last Time I Saw a Moose

- Rose Lynn Fitka

Many Moose in a Day

- Cheryl Hunter

No Stumps!

- David Andrew

Moose from an Airplane

- Jolene Soolook

Good Luck at Big Bend

- Joel Isaac


(Alces alces) The Moose


Moose Fact Sheet


Student Stories


Stories By Parents


Stories By Elders


Stories By Successful Hunters


Stories By School Staff


"If I were a Moose…"




Christmastime Tales
Stories real and imaginary about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1996
Christmastime Tales II
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1998
Christmastime Tales III
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 2000
Summer Time Tails 1992 Summertime Tails II 1993 Summertime Tails III
Summertime Tails IV Fall, 1995 Summertime Tails V Fall, 1996 Summertime Tails VI Fall, 1997
Summertime Tails VII Fall, 1999 Signs of the Times November 1996 Creative Stories From Creative Imaginations
Mustang Mind Manglers - Stories of the Far Out, the Frightening and the Fantastic 1993 Yupik Gourmet - A Book of Recipes  
M&M Monthly    
Happy Moose Hunting! September Edition 1997 Happy Easter! March/April 1998 Merry Christmas December Edition 1997
Happy Valentine’s Day! February Edition 1998 Happy Easter! March/April Edition 2000 Happy Thanksgiving Nov. Edition, 1997
Happy Halloween October 1997 Edition Edible and Useful Plants of Scammon Bay Edible Plants of Hooper Bay 1981
The Flowers of Scammon Bay Alaska Poems of Hooper Bay Scammon Bay (Upward Bound Students)
Family Trees and the Buzzy Lord It takes a Village - A guide for parents May 1997 People in Our Community
Buildings and Personalities of Marshall Marshall Village PROFILE Qigeckalleq Pellullermeng ‘A Glimpse of the Past’
Raven’s Stories Spring 1995 Bird Stories from Scammon Bay The Sea Around Us
Ellamyua - The Great Weather - Stories about the Weather Spring 1996 Moose Fire - Stories and Poems about Moose November, 1998 Bears Bees and Bald Eagles Winter 1992-1993
Fish Fire and Water - Stories about fish, global warming and the future November, 1997 Wolf Fire - Stories and Poems about Wolves Bear Fire - Stories and Poems about Bears Spring, 1992



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