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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 Attack


One day my buddy Ben and I got my snow machine and headed for the Willow mine. We didn't take any gun even though we had heard of bears in the area. We didn't think we would see any.

We had a small snow machine that went only about 45-50 m.p.h. When we got near the air strip and Wilson Creek we saw a lot of water on the Yukon River. So we decided to cross Wilson Creek where the slush and water weren't so deep. When we got to the tundra on the other side we saw about two feet of water on the river, so we had to go by the tundra. We went up 4-5 miles when we saw a fox and some rabbits. But so far we didn't see any bear.

When we got up to the landing we stopped to rest for about five to ten minutes and we had some pop and candy. Then we started up the trail. We stopped a few times on the way to rest, but it took us only about 45 minutes to get up to the mine.

When we got up there we saw Chris, Damien, Kaaina, David, Willie, Joel, Tina and our teacher, Frank. They were all surprised to see us and asked us how we came up. We said, "By snow machine, how else?" We stayed up there for one or two hours with them. It was about five o'clock when we left. Frank said to be carefull because there were bears running around. We headed down the trail to the landing and this time it only took us 25-30 minutes going down. When we got down there we took a break and joked around, saying we wouldn't see a bear.

From the landing, it took us 20 minutes to get to the tundra because it had warmed up out there and there were more than two feet of water. Then when we were only about five miles from the Willow mine we saw a bear!

Ben got kind of scared when he saw it. I thought he was lying when he first told me he saw that bear, and I got scared too and started to speed up. We were two to three miles from Wilson Creek when the bear came up to us very close. By then we knew it was following us. When we got to Wilson Creek it was still following us. But after we got across the creek the bear turned back.

By the time we got back to town we were relieved to be safe and sound. And we learned our lesson always to travel in bear country with a rifle.


By Fred Alstrom

The Bear Attack 
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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