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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.





The Bear

One day there was a man, woman and their two children. They were getting ready to go to camp on the other side of the river from where they lived. When they got to the island on the other side of the river they unloaded their boat and put up the tent. Later in the evening they were all settled in their camp.

The next day the husband, John, went back to town to get his brother to help him build the smoke house. When they got lots of logs they went back to camp and started building the smoke house. A couple days later they were all done and John's brother Steve went back home. The next day John and one of his kids, Michael, went out fishing to cut dryfish and strips. When they got back to camp the wife, Mary, and her daughter, Donna started cutting the fish and hung them up on the pole lines. A couple of weeks later when the dryfish and strips were half done they started to smell really good.

One day when Mary was putting some of the dryfish away, she saw a bear swimming towards them. She called John and her two kids. They came over to her in the smoke house and asked what was wrong. She told them that there was a bear coming towards them. John looked at the river and saw the bear swimming across. He ran to their tent and grabbed his rifle. After he loaded his gun he shot close to the bear in the river. The bear turned around and headed back for awhile towards the other side of the river.

The bear stayed on the other side, but in the evening he again came back to their side to get food. At the time John was getting trees for the smoke house and Donna and her kids were in the tent cleaning up. When John brought the wood to the smoke house he saw the bear close by the land. He ran to their tent and howled, "There's a bear!" Everyone ran out of the tent while John went and got his rifle and put a couple of shells in the gun. When he shot the first time he missed, but the second try he shot the bear in the shoulder. But the bear was still coming! He reloaded his gun and shot again. This time he shot the bear in the head and it died! John and Donna went to check it. John shot it again to make sure it was dead. Then they brought it back to camp and skinned It. After it was skinned, John hung the fur up to dry. After it was dry they brought it home and used it as a rug.


The End

Theresa George


The Bear
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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