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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.





The First and Last Time I Saw a Moose


The first and last time I saw a moose was this past summer (1998) when I went on a boat ride to Kwik with Roy, Gail, Aaron, Scott, Art, Ardiss, Gerilyn and Myron. We were out boatriding for about three hours, and it was really boring because the only animal we saw was a beaver. We weren't out hunting because we had no gun, and, since we had our fishing rods and reels, we parked the boat a little inside Kwik and began fishing. We stayed at one spot for maybe 20-30 minutes, but when nobody caught anything we decided to take a little boat ride deeper into the slough, then go home.

We were all being lively, not thinking about anything, when Gail said, "Hey, right there!" in a really excited voice. Everyone became silent and looked toward where her finger was pointing. We didn't see anything because we were too slow. After that everyone was quiet as Roy started moving slowly into the slough.

About 10 minutes later we saw a young bull and cow moose eating leaves. I only saw the young bull's head because the grass was so tall, but I was still excited because that was the first time I had ever seen a moose. No one in the boat wanted to sit down after that, so we were all standing up as we quietly looked around for more moose.

While going in further, Roy couldn't see which way he was going, and our heads almost got knocked off by a tree that was hanging really low from the bank. I think it was Aaron or Gail who looked up at the last moment and saw the tree. They shouted, "Hey watch out for that tree!" Roy quickly looked ahead, turned really fast, and everyone ducked down. Roy turned so quickly in the narrow slough that I almost fell down.

We didn't see anything else going in, so everyone was sitting down while we were on our way out. We didn't think we were going to see anything else when suddenly we heard Gail say, "Right there!" again. Everyone was quiet and looked to the right of the boat. Lying in the grass on the bank was a calf. It looked like it had just gotten out of the water and was resting. After a few seconds though, it got up and took off.

I felt really good that evening because I finally saw a live moose. Now I can better understand all the stories people tell me about moose hunting and moose sightings. It was really exciting to see them.

By: Rose Lynn Fitka

The First and Last Time I Saw a Moose

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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