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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 there was a family who lived out in the country. They lived far away from the other villages and nobody visited them very much because they were too far from the other villages. They lived there for only two and a half years.And they always played games outside their house.

One day the children said they were going to go play deep into the woods. But their parents said "no" because they might see a bear. The kids went anyway because they didn't think they should be treated like little kids. Besides they had never seen a Grizzly bear before. They climbed up trees and got some pine cones. Then while they were going down the tree,they saw a Grizzly bear and four cubs across the stream from where they packed water. They climbed down as fast as they could but the bear came running after them. They hollered 'dad'! And their dad came out just in time and saw the Grizzly bear running after them. He ran back into their house and got his .338 shot gun. It only had four shells in it but he grabbed it anyway.

As the bear was coming closer to the kids he shot it in the leg and it fell and started to crawl towards them. Their dad loaded his gun and shot it in the head and it finally died. When the little cubs came looking for the mother, their dad said "I shouldn't of shot it!" Then the kids asked if they could keep the cubs till they grew big. They said they would let them go when they were old enough to go out on their own.

Their dad said yes, so one day the whole family went back to the village and they bought the cubs collars. When they got back to camp, the kids wondered what they would name the cubs. They decided to name one Uncle and the others, Pubby, Spanky, and Soxie. After the cubs got used to their names, they started to go to the kids when they called them. Two weeks later they started to get food on their own.


Whenever the kids' father saw hunters, he would warn them about shooting their pet bears. He would say, "Do not shoot them, they are not harmful." So the hunters went on home. Finally though, the Grizzly bears went away on their own. Even though the kids wanted them to stay, they had to go because they were too dangerous to have them around camp. The kids were happy they had them for the summer though, and they hoped they could have bear pets again someday.





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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