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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 Grizzly

The GrizzlyThe Grizzly


I was with my friends on a hot summer day when they bet me that I couldn't go into the wilderness and camp with only a hunting knife and enough food to last me one day. I made the bet with one of them for $100 that I could. So I packed up and he brought me to Kuik Island, a sand island about 15 miles from our village. He dropped me off and headed home.

I was getting nervous and scared because I knew there were a lot of bears in the area I was in. Since the day was passing very slowly, when I got hungry I made a fire then took some food out of my back pack and started eating. I was too hungry to think about the bears smelling the food. After I was done eating I laid 'back on my pack and started to relax and almost fell asleep when suddenly I heard a splash of water. I froze and was so scared I couldn't move. I just lay there until I heard the footsteps come up right behind me. I slowly took out my hunting knife. Then I jumped up and turned around very fast. There staring at me in the face was a Grizzly bear. It stood about five feet over my head and looked at me with

hate in his eyes. Immediately I took some dry fish out of my bag and threw it to the grizzly. He gobbled it up and growled at me as if he wanted more. I had no more fish and I didn't know what to do, so I ran straight towards it and stabbed it in the chest. Just before I was going to stab it again it threw its giant paw out and hit me in the shoulder, making me fly 12 feet across the ground.

I lay there for awhile playing dead because I knew I had to. And when bear came over to me he started burying me. I was really scared. All of a sudden I heard a rifle shot, then another one. Then I heard the bear drop. When I turned around I saw the Grizzly bear Iieing dead on the ground, and my friend coming out of the twigs. He had shot the bear. I asked him how he got there, and he said he was worried about me because of the bears. I told him he didn't have to pay me the $100 bucks.

By: Chris Fitka

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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