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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.





Wiping Out


I awoke with the sun in my eyes, looked around and realized I was in my bedroom with my window open. I got up and went out to the living room. The clock read two o'clock in the afternoon. Time to eat breakfast. So I took out some cereal, and while I was eating it the phone rang. It was my uncle Bucko asking if I wanted to go water skiing? "Yeah, when?" I asked. "After awhile," he replied. "Okay I'll be down after I'm done eating breakfast," I told him.

After I hung up I ate my grub faster. Then I looked for my shirt and socks, slipped on my tennis shoes and walked over to my grandparents' house. When I got there I found Chris, Joe-Joe, Victor, and J.B. resting from playing ball. Bucko asked them if they wanted to go skiing with us. They did and went to get their swimming gear. In half an hour they were back, and we headed across the river for the beach.

When we got there I took out the ski rope and gave it to Joe-Joe. All us boys were arguing about who was going to ski first, and finally Chris said, "I'll go first you scared punks!" So Chris put on the life vest and got into the water which he said was really cold. Joe and I gave him the skis and rope and Bucko started the motor and tightened the rope between Chris and the boat. When Chris said he was ready Bucko pushed his motor full throttle. After Chris got up on step he moved from right to left of the boat jumping back and forth on the water. When he was tired Joe took over. Joe also jumped on the waves made by the wake, stayed to one side of the boat for awhile, then went back to jumping on the waves again. When Joe got tired I took my turn.

After Joe hopped back in the boat I put on the life jacket and jumped in the water. It was freezing cold! I put on the skis then found the rope. I was very nervous because it was my first time water skiing. But Bucko told me to keep my skis above the water so I could plane out. Then he accelerated. It was very hard trying to plane out and it took a while before I got up. Then I didn't know what to do and just stayed right behind the boat until the other guys in the boat told me to jump on the waves of the boat. But I just went from right to left to check how the waves would be. Then I started to speed up and finally began to jump on the waves. At first I was very scared and thought I would wipe out and get hurt. Then it got to be fun and I started to jump harder every time I went over the waves. When I got tired I went right behind the boat then let go of the handle. As I took off the skis Bucko turned the boat around. The other boys were laughing at me because of the way I slowed down In the water.

Then we let James Oney try, but he was too heavy and couldn't plane out. A lot of water splashed him in the face and we cracked up laughing. Then on our way home Chris water skied. He was jumping on our very high waves until he wiped out really hard. I tried a second time when we were by Kemp but I wiped out harder than Chris although I didn't got hurt. I felt like I was sliding on the water when I wiped out. The other boys were laughing at me because of the way I fell. They said I made a big spray of water when I wiped out. But that was O.K. I may have wiped out, but it was a good end to a very great day. I had learned to water ski.

Story by: Matthew Shorty

Wiping Out

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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