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Yup'ik RavenMarshall Cultural Atlas

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.





It Was All Over!


My brother and I were born early in the morning in spring. A couple of days later I was eating grasses by the water and my brother came up to me and told me that he wanted to go for a swim in the lake. While we were swimming, this brown bear came out and started to chase after us. I was close to the shore, so I got out of the water right away. My brother was not so lucky. The bear jumped into the water and caught my brother and killed him.

I ran over to my mother. When the bear came near my mother dragging my brother, she started to threaten him. It was not a very big bear, and my mother kicked the bear in the face really hard and it took off. After that everything was pretty much okay except I didn't have a brother to play with anymore.

My mom kicked me out when I was one year old. Soon after that I started to grow antlers. When I went over to the water and saw my reflection, I was real glad that I was still alive.

I mostly hung around lakes and marshes because there was a lot of food in those places. A couple of times bears tried to chase me, but they were too far away to catch me.

In the winter it was more dangerous because it was hard to run away when you were in deep snow. But then there were no bears. The worst thing about winter was that there was hardly anything to eat because the snow covered all the food. Some of the very old moose died because they were too old to walk in the deep snow to find food.

When I was five I was walking around in this big lake during fall time. I dipped into the water to get some food, and when I came up I heard this strange noise. Then these strange animals came out of the trees into the open. They were wearing some kind of fur that looked like leaves and branches, and they were carrying these freaky looking shiny sticks with them. They started to make noises like cow moose, so I started to swim towards them. As I got closer, they lifted the sticks to their shoulders. Then I heard this thunder. A split second later there was a big splash right in front of me. I turned around and started to swim back to the other shore. They shot again, but they were too bum a shot. When I got to shore I ran to a portage that a hungry brown bear had made when chasing a moose. I ran through the portage up to the tundra where one of those funny looking animals with sticks shot me in the antler. Then one of them shot me in the left buttock. I was still running, but I was getting pretty tired and I started to slow down.

When I reached some timbers, I stopped and looked back. I didn't see the strange animals any more, so I lay down and rested. My rear end was very sore. The bullet was not very far in the flesh, and I was not bleeding any more, so I was thinking that the wound would heal in a couple of weeks. After resting for awhile, I got up and looked around. I saw two bushes crawling towards me on the tundra, but I thought that I was imagining things because I had lost so much blood. When the bushes grew taller, though, I saw that they were those strange animals that had shot me in the buttocks, and I took off running through the trees. Those animals must have really wanted to kill me because they'd come this far to get me. I thought that if I kept on running, maybe they would give up and turn back, so I kept going. But soon I got tired of running and I stopped to rest. It was a fatal mistake because in ten minutes the hunters had already caught up again. I stood up to run away, but they shot me in the neck, and it was all over!


Maurice Turet

It Was All Over!

I was Dead!

- Jolene Soolook

Shot Through The Heart!

- Cheryl Hunter

A Terrible Pain

- Willie Paul Fitka III

That Was That!

- Tassie Fitka

Two Good Summers

- Kim Fitka's spirit

Two-legged Creatures

- Rose Lynn Fitka

It Was All Over!

- Maurice Turet

The Story of My Life

- David Andrew

Everything Went Black

- Tatiana Sergie


(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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