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Yup'ik RavenMarshall Cultural Atlas

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.






During the summer of 1862, there lived a young girl named Sarah and her father, Richard, in a fish camp near a lake and a small river. The girl had lived with her father out in the wilderness ever since her mother died. She died in a car accident.

One day while she was growing up she and her father killed a Grizzly bear in the lake. The bear had two cubs that were always playing and wrestling. Sarah liked to watch the two cubs all afternoon until they would go back into the trees at sunset.

Slowly the bears got used to Sarah until finally after a year Sarah could touch the cubs. It was a miracle, she thought, for both human and mammal to be able to feel and touch each other, even though sometimes the bears got scared and ran as fast as they could back into the willows. Sarah laughed and was tickled when this happened. But eventually, they got to be close friends.

Sarah's father didn't know about the cubs and one day when Richard saw Sarah playing with one of the bears he hollered, "Get away Sarah!" The bear disappeared like magic, and Sarah couldn't believe her eyes. When she asked her father why the bear disappeared so quickly he said he didn't know. She told her father about being best friends with the bear,but the bear disappeared for days. Soon Sarah began to get very worried, but a week and a half later the bear popped out of the willows and found Sarah picking raspberries in the forest. When she saw the bear she hugged him hard and asked where he had gone. He wanted to play with her but she couldn't play right away because she had to pick a pail full of berries for their dessert. After she picked the berries though she played with the bear.

Sarah named the bear Nyomie, and she played with him every day because she really wanted to get to know him and find out what he was like. But one day her father decided to move to the city near their home. It was one hundred miles away from where they lived. Her father had found a job in the city as an architect.

After explaining to Nyomie why she was leaving, she noticed him begin to change form. He finally became transparent and disappeared. Later, she found out he was a bear spirit that had lived there for many years. He had become Sarah's friend, but now since she had to move to the city he vanished back into the wilderness. Sarah would remember Nyomie forever though.


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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