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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.





Fun in the Creeks

On Friday on the first of March a bunch of us guys thought that it would be fun if we crossed some creeks with our snow machines alongside the Wilson Creek Slough since there was some fast deep running water, and it was sunny and super warm for a day in March. The guys who were there were Garrett, Jack, Jo-Jo, Jonathan, Richard, Matt and I. We worked our way up the slough by crossing the creeks both ways but mostly by keeping our attention on Garrett because he and his snow machine made crossing creeks look easy as a boat on water. Garrett was crossing large bodies of water and sometimes bounced very hard and it looked like fun. The rest of us were too scared to cross some of the parts because our machines were unable to do such things.

Later we all decided to move up to the mouth of Wilson Creek because we all could have more fun crossing the narrower parts, even though they were deeper and swifter than the creeks closer to Marshall which also made them more dangerous. Since we were kids and thought nothing bad could happen to us, we continued being daredevils in the swift parts of Wilson Creek. During our grand old time Jo-Jo all of a sudden tipped over in the middle of one of the creeks and he had to swim back to shore because it was too deep to wade. He also bent his front suspension bar when he crashed. I giggled a bit as everyone else panicked and tried to stop Jo-Jo's snow machine from drifting further down the stream. Later Matt made a fire on the bank and Jack roped the floating snow machine and pulled it halfway out of the water with the brave help of Garrett who got himself wet while helping to pull it out.

Later all of us went back to Marshall except Garrett and Jo-Jo because they were drying out by the fire. On our way down Jonathan got bawled out by his dad for fooling around in water and he had to bring his snow machine home. I went home to change my wet clothes and grabbed a bite to eat and then decided to go back up to Wilson and help Garrett and Jo-Jo with his snow machine. Greg and Jonathan trailed me up and helped Jo-Jo and Garrett drain his water-filled snow machine and bend his front suspension bar back to normal. After we were done we doused the fire and made it home just before it got dark.

by Chris Fitka
Fun in the Creeks

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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