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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.





I was Dead!


I was born in April of 1983, along with two other calves which I learned were my brother and sister. I was in a world much bigger than where I came from. As I opened my eyes and looked around, I was afraid, but with my mother at my side, I felt safe. Awhile after I was born, I tried getting up on my feet, but I couldn't because my legs were so weak. I knew I had to keep on trying, though, and soon I started to walk. My brother and sister got the hang of it, too, and we started exploring the forest. It was so exciting for me and my brother and sister. Then we went back to our mother, and she taught us how to eat grass and many other things. I thought, at first, this world wasn't dangerous at all, but later my mother told us that there were many dangers in this world that we were going to have to face. For now, though, I felt safe, and later in the evening, we all went out fot a swim. It was so fun that I wanted to stay in the water longer, but it was getting dark and we had to go home.

A year passed, and then it was time for us to leave our mother. It was hard for us, but she explained why, and we understood. By this time, we were pretty much grown up. I thought this was the saddest part of my life, leaving my mother. But I still had my sister and brother with me.

By my third year, I had big full grown antlers. My brother and sister and I had already separated and I had already mated. One day while I was walking along the river, I heard a strange noise coming in my direction. It grew louder and louder. I looked towards the far part of the river and I saw something big in the water making a strange buzzing noise. I sensed danger when I saw something move inside the strange object. They were two-legged creatures! My mother had always warned us about the dangers of the those two-legged creatures. They were the ones that carried around the firesticks, as my mother called them. They too made a strange loud noise. It was the first time I'd seen a two-legged creature. I had always wondered how they looked. Suddenly, the loud object started to come towards me much faster. I looked closely and saw the men holding something I now recognized was a firestick. I got scared and started running for the trees. Then the firesticks made their loud noises, and while I was running towards the trees something hit the ground with a splatting sound. I got even more scared and ran faster. The men jumped out of the thing they were in and made loud bangs with their firesticks as I ran up the beach. They were hunting me. I ran through the trees as fast as I could. When I came to this big clearing there was no place to hide. They kept on shooting at me. Then something hit me on the leg and I felt a sharp pain. I fell to the ground. I tried getting up, but I fell back down. I finally got up and tried to run, but I couldn't and had to walk with a limp. The men were getting closer to me, and they shot at me again. I felt another terrible pain in my neck, and I fell to the ground and couldn't move. Blood was flowing down my side where I got hit. Then the pain started to go away and I felt dizzy, as if my life was going to end. Suddenly I heard another loud shot, and it hit me right in the head. I looked at the men one last time, then my mind went blank and I couldn't think anymore. I was dead!

By: Jolene Soolook

I was Dead!

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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