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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.






In the summer of '88 a man went out fishing. He was headed for a slough about twenty miles from town and when he got to the place where he usually fished he parked his boat and shut off the motor. He got out his rod and reel, snapped on a lure, and cast. After fishing for a while he caught a Dolly Varden. He kept on fishing but after he caught three more fish, since it was getting late, he got ready to go. Just when he was about to get the anchor he saw a giant grizzly on the other side of the slough. It was standing on the point of the bend not too far downstream from him. So he got his gun, took aim and fired. The bear jumped as the bullet entered his right shoulder, and in the blink of an eye it was gone into the thick cover of the brush.

He put down his gun in the boat and picked up the anchor. Then he paddled down to the place where he had seen the bear. The tracks showed clearly in the soft mud where the bear had been standing. He knew he had to go after the bear because he could get big bucks for it. By the size of its tracks he could see a world class bear. So he anchored the boat, got his gun and went after the bear.

When he got into the trees he couldn't see any sign of the bear. He walked straight through the thick brush until he came to a clearing. The clearing had tall grass and about six inches of water in it. There he saw his first signs of the bear. There was a trail in the grass and blood on the trail. So the man pulled up his boots and followed the trail of bent bloody grass. He cocked his gun and put on the safety.

Suddenly the bear stood up right in front of him and let out a horrible roar. He was so startled he dropped his gun and started running. And when he looked back the bear jumped and tackled him. He fell down and in a moment the bear was on top of him. He grabbed his knife from his belt and stabbed the bear. The bear hit him with its claws on the face and he felt pain, more than he'd ever felt before. But he repeatedly stabbed the bear until it died. He crawled out from under the bear and barely made it back to his boat. He looked at his reflection in the water and saw that one side of his face was hanging, almost ripped off. He held his head together with his hands and headed for town. He got to town but on the way to the hospital he died. The grizzly had his revenge.


By: Ben Peteroff


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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