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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.





Bane Pickaz


This summer I took my mom on a salmon berry picking trip to a slough called "Cuqartalek", which is right across the river from Pilot Station. We left Marshall on the fourteenth of July with plans to spend four beautiful days with berries, bugs, rain, cold, and relatives. It was sort of like a family bonding experience, and although ninety percent of my time there was boring, the other ten percent was serious fun.

The fun started with the ride there, which was three and a half hours long--one hour to Pilot and two and a half from there to the picking spot. The slough is narrow and has a lot of turns, so at high speeds it is a little dangerous. When we were about half way there we saw a moose and stopped to say "Holy Cow!", then we were on our way. We stopped again at the site of an old village, which is located on a fork where on the right the slough goes all the way out to sea, and on the left it leads to a lake. We took the left fork and rode up the slough for about twenty minutes where we stopped, picked some salmon berries and set up camp there.

The next morning after breakfast we left by boat for other patches of tundra which hopefully had lots of berries. While the women picked, Garrett and I and another cousin stayed in the boats rod and reeling. But there were hardly any fish where we were, so later on we went to a place that was filled with small, very aggressive pike. After we got tired of catching small fish we went exploring and found a lake that none of us knew about. We tried fishing there and I almost caught one out in the middle. When it got late we picked up my mom and the others and headed back to camp.

I woke up late the next day because there was nothing to do but pick berries, and usually I'd rather do nothing than pick berries. In the early afternoon though we did our routine berry hunt until early in the evening. When we got back to camp our parents began to talk about how little food we had. So Garrett and I and a relative ended up going hunting. After we got home with our catch there was no more talk of being hungry.

On our last day of camping, of course we looked for berries again, and this time even I did some picking to help fill my mom's bucket. Finally, around six P.M. our older ones said that they had enough berries and we could go home. We drove pretty fast because we wanted toBane Pickaz get home as quickly as possible to relax. We saw a black bear on our way out but didn't stop. It took us a little more than two hours to Pilot and an hour from there to Marshall. When we got home my mom stirred up a batch of akutaq with the berries we picked and all of us enjoyed it very much.

By: Ben Peteroff

Bane Pickaz

The First time I saw a Black Bear

- Olga Moxie

My Plane Goes Down

- Victor Shorty

My Exciting Boat Rides

- Mary Jane Shorty

Two Unexpected Visitors

- Gerilyn Fitka

A Nightmare Ride

- Theresa George

The Biggest and the Smallest Pike

- Chris Fitka

An Adventure up Willow Creek

- Garrett Evan

Escaping From Marshall's Boredom

- Robert Pitka

An Exciting Day at Wilson Creek

- Fred Alstrom

Aniak Fair was Great!

- Carmen Pitka

Wiping Out

- Matthew Shorty

Bane Pickaz

- Ben Peteroff

Student Stories

Other Student Stories

Stories of Summers Past


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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