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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.








On the 12th of September, 1992, Ole Lake, David Evan, and I went upriver to do some moose hunting. We planned the trip for three days and had already bought and packed all our supplies. We planned to leave late in the afternoon, but had some second thoughts. That morning it was raining and by noon the wind had picked up and the river was getting rough. But they decided that we would go anyway. Since I was only thirteen, I didn't have any say, but I didn't mind. So we loaded up the boat and left. The rain had stopped but the wind was still up.

The river wasn't bad until we got near Kuik Island. There we had to cross the river. Ole was driving, and he slowed the boat to a plowing speed and turned into the waves. It was rough, and water splashed in every time the boat slapped against the water. And when the waves slapped the boat they turned it in any direction. We knew then that we were at the mercy of the river. The wind ripped at the water and at us, but we finally made it to the safety of the other side. By then it was more fun than fright.

From that point on we traced the river bank, and as we rode along I looked out toward the water and watched the towering white-capped waves. Around Devil's Elbow it got calm and the only waves in the water were tiny ripples. We traveled fast from there to Ohogmiut where it was rough again. The wind was steady and strong, and it turned the water into large rolling waves. Ole's boat was 22 feet long, pretty big by my standards, but when we got into those waves it felt like we were a peanut shell afloat in the Pacific Ocean. When we were at the top of a wave it felt like we were on a small hill, and when we were in between the waves I couldn't see anything but water. If the wind had been blowing toward us the waves would have probably rolled right over the boat. It took us two hours to get from Ohogamiut to Seven mile Slough where from there on the river was calm. When we finally stopped at a suitable campsite we ate just as the sun was setting. The clouds had broken up and the setting sun turned the sky into beautiful shades of pink and purple. The water was the same color as the sky and dead calm. The wind was gone.

By: Ben Peteroff

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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