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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.






My summer was OK, but one thing that I didn't like was when I had to go with my family and Anna Shorty and Fred Fitka up to Kwik by boat. We went up to picnic and to go rodding and reeling.

I didn't want to go at first because there were too many gnats and mosquitoes, but once I got there I liked the fresh air, seeing a bear or two, seeing baby hawks, and also catching a big pike. When I first caught that pike I was having a hard time reeling in my hook, so my dad came to help me reel it in and help me take it off the hook. After catching the big pike I wanted to rod some more, but I couldn't because my brother wanted his rod, so I gave back his rod and just sat around. Once in a while I'd talk to my dad because he and I were the only ones without rods. Not too long afterward my dad wanted to rod over on the other side of the slough. While we were rodding, my parents and Anna and Fred went to check for berries on the tundra. When they got back we went back to the same place to rod for a while. Then when it started to get late we headed for home. On our way back we saw another black bear on the beach but in a different place. This one was Iieing down right next to the water.

After we got home, I wanted to go out for another boat ride, so I asked my brother if we could go for another boat ride. When we were ready, we picked up Mathew, Joe-Joe and Tatiana. On our way up to Willow Mathew, Joe-Joe and my brother, Victor, were targeting at birds. While riding in Willow we saw Roy Fitka, Gail and her kids, Lena, Gerilyn and Boopsie, and also Freida. When we went over to them a couple of them needed cigarets, so Tatiana gave them what they needed. Then we took off.

After we left them we saw a beaver, and Joe-Joe, Mathew and my brother started to shoot at it. When we went over to see if it was dead we found it still alive. When it started croaking, my brother took our paddle and started clubbing it. Then he grabbed it by the tail and put it into our boat. After putting it in our boat we headed back to Roy's boat. On the way, the beaver kept moving around and Tatiana and I were getting scared and grossing out because it's nose had been shot off. When we got to Roy and the others Joe-Joe lifted up the beaver to show it to them. But when Freida looked at it she got scared and began to cry. Then we threw it on the bank and headed back home. On our way Mathew, Joe-Joe and my brother targeted birds again just to waste some of their shells.

After we got home, I told my mom what we saw on our boat ride. When she asked, "What did you guys do with that beaver?" I told her that we left it on the side of the bank. Then she told me that we should have brought it home so we could eat it. She was right. We wasted what could have been good food.

By: Mary Jane Shorty


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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