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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.





My Longest Walk

The longest walk I ever had was a couple years back when Richard Oney, Leon and I went riding behind Pilcher Mtn. to hunt birds. While we were going the wind was kind of strong but not too bad and I was having fun because that country was new to me and the sun was shining and there were very few clouds in the sky.

We stopped to eat and Richard told us that if we wanted to go by ourselves we could meet him on the other side of the island. Leon and I said O.K. and we took off on different trails. I got stuck on a hill and tried to call Leon back but he never heard me so I had to get out by myself. I was stuck for ten minutes, and I was very hot when I finished. The sound of their snow machines was getting farther and farther away and I followed a trail that led to Leon's trail. I saw him going around a corner and I tried to catch him but it was too lumpy and I had to go slow. I was kind of scared because I thought that I would get lost, but I finally caught up to Leon and asked him if he had seen his dad. He said no, so we continued to search for him. We never found him, though, and we had to backtrack on our snowmachine trail. But we followed the wrong trail. Leon was taking us way back toward Pilot Station. So we turned around and when we were at the goose hunting place we started back toward Takchak Slough again.

It was night by the time we reached Five Day Slough. Leon's machine had run out of gas, so we had only my Dad's machine to drive. But it didn't have enough gas to make it home, so we drove kind of fast so if we ran out of gas we would only have to walk a short distance. When the snow machine finally ran out of gas we had no food and water and had to walk for a day and a half. I was very hungry. We also had no tent to sleep in and no blanket to keep us warm, but we had a fire, and the night made me warm because the stars were out and there was no wind. The next morning when we got up Leon said that he was cold, so we started walking again. When we got tired we rested for a while then started walking again.

We walked all day, and just before nightfall we heard a plane flying our way. Leon and I got very happy because we thought we wouldn't have to walk anymore. It was the State Trooper's plane, and we started flicking our lighters so they could seen us. We thought they were going to pick us up but they never did. They were only locating us for the Marshall Search and Rescue team. About five minutes later we saw snowmachines coming over to us, and when they stopped they gave us food. Boy, were we HUNGRY!!

By: John Tikiun Jr.

My Longest Walk

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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