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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.





Weather Story


The sky was overcast and it wasn't to cold for a winter day. We were running low on wood, so, my dad decide to go across to Owl Slough and get some wood. My dad filled up his old "300" Ski-doo with enough gas for a round trip run, grabbed his chain saw and took off. It took him 30 to 45 minutes to get to Owl Slough and a half hour to cut down the tree and cut off the dead branches. My dad tied the tree to his snow machine to drag it home, then he began to try to start his snowmachine. It did not start after pulling on it for awhile, so he changed the spark plugs, but it still wouldn't start. So, he started working on the engine to see what was wrong with it, but he still couldn't get it to start. It was getting late and that's when my dad started to walk home. It was around 4 p.m. when it started getting dark and Fred's axe was starting to get heavier. It started to get windy and then it started to snow. My dad was getting very thirsty but he didn't want to eat any snow. As soon as my dad got to the slough he started to clear the snow from the ice and started to chop the ice. He grabbed a couple small pieces and started chewing on them. By now it was dark, snowy and windy. The snow was getting deep and he knew that he had to stop somewhere and make a fire because he started to stagger. He saw a dark outline of tall cotton woods and he headed for them. Once there, he found some dry cotton wood branches and made some shavings with his pocket knife and made some kindling with his axe. After several attempts his fire started burning. He kept it going through the night with dry cotton wood from nearby. Sometime in the night the wind stopped blowing, the sky cleared up and it started to get colder. He managed to keep the fire going until dawn and as soon as it became lighter he started walking home. He didn't realize it the night before but he had reached the mouth of Owl Slough and made a fire. The sky was clear as the sun came up and the ground was sparkling white because of the freshly fallen snow from the night before. As he neared the slough Ed came by with his snowmachine and gave him a ride home.


By: Ray Alstrom

5th grade

Weather Story

Weather Story

- Paula Shorty

Weather Story

- Diane Margaret Fitka

Weather Story

- Steven Andrew

Weather Story

- Mikey Fitka

Weather Story

- Andrea Shorty

Lost Travelers and Frozen Feet

- Dennis Isaac

Weather Story

- Ray Alstrom

Weather Story

- Liz Shorty

Weather Story

- Emily Soolook

Weather Story

- Jacob Turet

Three Days Without Sleep

- Carl Edwards-Oney


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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