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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.





Once a long time ago there was a big bear that destroyed villages up and down the Yukon. The bear was so smart that it knew when there was trouble. Whenever people went after it they would come back wounded or dead. When the wounded ones would come back they would tell the others that the bear stood 15 feet tall. The bear was so fearsome that there was a $1 ,000 dollar reward on its head.

One day a guy named David decided to go after the bear. So he went up the river. During the journey he joined up with his friend Larry whose nickname was One Eye because he lost an eye in a fight. Another day he and Larry helped an Indian who was in a fight. They let the Indian stay in their camp for the night. His name was Standing Bull. He was after the bear too because it had killed one of his kids. Early the next day Standing Bull left. When David and One Eye got up Standing Bull was already gone and they saw only his tracks.

So they set off again, and after traveling all day they found a good place to camp for the night and they stopped. When they were just about ready to go to sleep they heard something. David went to check and it was a bear trying to sneak up on them. David and One Eye shot him but he got away. That's when Standing Bull showed up. And he helped them trail the bear to a cave. The cave was on a tall narrow hill. The cave led to the other side of the hill which was covered with rocks.

They camped there behind a wall of rocks but while they were getting ready to sleep they had another close encounter with the bear. It broke the rock wall then ran away. They trailed it for two days after it broke the wall. The third day they tracked it to a valley where the bear attacked them. David shot it with a pistol because his rifle jammed. The bear fell but got back up and escaped into the trees. Then it charged out of the trees and knocked David on his side. Standing Bull then shot it with a bow and arrow and jumped on it and stabbed and killed it. As he did this, One Eye laughed. Then they skinned the bear and Standing Bull took the fur and David and One Eye took the head.


By: Garrett Evan


In 1902. the 26th President of the United States refused to shoot a black bear while out hunting. So popular was Theodore Roosevelt that toy bears were created to cele-brate the event. And so was born the Teddy (Roosevelt) Bear. Strange to say, almost all teddy bears are brown Instead of black.

Bear Fire

Creative Stories
from the

From Galena to Barrow

- Flora May Evan

The Three Amigos

- Henry S. Manumik

The Great Legend of Shawn Johnson

- Tina Papp

Bear Struck

- Leslie Hunter Jr.

The Bear

- Palassa Sergie

The Magic Bear

- Marlene Papp

Austin and his friend the Bear Cub

- LaVerne Manumik


- Billy Waska

The Bear Who Never Learned His Lesson

- Carmen Pitka

The Bear

- Olga Moxie

The Bear

- Theresa George

Grizzly Bear

- Katherine Duny

The Bear Attack

- Fred Alstrom

An Adventurous Day

- Gerilyn Fitka

A lot of Bears

- Victor Shorty


- Ben Peteroff

The Human Who Ran With Bears

- Yvonne Evan

The Grizzly

- Chris Fitka

The Bear That Was Swimming Across

- Teresa George


- Garrett Evan

The Big Bear

- John Tikiun



Bear Fire
Stories and Poems
about Bears

by Marshall High School
Language Arts Classes
Spring, 1992


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Information about Bears

Creative Stories from the Imagination

True Stories from Experience



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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