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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.





A Long Slog Home


I've never had any really bad experience with the weather. I've gone on boat and snowmachine rides and had some encounters with rough waves and snow storms but I usually got home on time. I do remember one time, though, when I went to Pilot Station to pick up my cousin, Anthony Nick Jr., on February 23 of this year. The day before it was snowing all day and all night, so on the day I went down there was a lot of fresh snow. It was about three to four feet deep plus it was still snowing hard.

In the morning I called to see how things were going and Jr. told me to come down and pick him up. In 30 minutes I was ready and on my way. It took me maybe two hours to get down there because the trail had a lot of snow on it. In fact there was hardly even a trail, just little ruts where a sno-go had already gone. When I got there Jr. and I went to the gas station and got a couple of gallons, then we started on our way back. But the trail was worse than it was when I came down. There was a lot of fresh deep wet snow covering the trail I'd made an hour before and it was hard going because we kept peeling off even though we were going fairly fast. By the time we got to Monarch Slough about 6 or 7 miles down the river from Marshall we ran out of gas.

When we first started walking it was fun but when we got tired we wished a snowmachine or even a dog team would come by. We were walking through wet snow and our clothes were getting wet. After walking only three miles we were very tired and we started bitching at things, especially at Greg who was in Marshall and knew we wouldn't have taken that long to get home. We finally saw the lights of Marshall about 3 to 4 miles out and every time we saw a snowmachine light we got happy, but it would always turn away and we were mad again. About one mile out I got so pissed off I started to walk faster until we got home.

We had walked for three hours and for most of the trip we were wet. We were even going to leave our coats behind at one point, but lucky we didn't because we got cold after a while. If there had been less snow we would have made it here in two hours or less.

By: Garrett Evan

A Long Slog Home

Against All Odds

- Fred Alstrom

Fun in the Creeks

- Chris Fitka


- Ben Peteroff

My Trip to St. Mary's

- Theresa George

The Big Waves

- Olga Moxie

A Long Slog Home

- Garrett Evan

Unexpected Water Conditions

- Carmen Pitka

Stormy Weather

- Tanya Peter

My Longest Walk

- John Tikiun Jr.

My Scary Camping Trip

- Gerilyn Fitka


Authentic Student Stories


Stories by Parents
and Community


Stories by Elders


Stories by the Elementary


Creative Student Stories

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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