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Subsistence Curriculum Materials

Koyukon Athabascan Region

Classrooom Ready
Draft Stage
Support Materials








2 wks. 5-6 Snowshoe


7 & 8

9 - 12

Make Prayers to the Raven (6 videos)

Return to Subsistence SPIRAL Chart


Library Resources For Developing Subsistence Curriculum

Richard K. Nelson Make Prayers to the Raven : a Koyukon View of the Northern Forest. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.


Relevant reports from Subsistence Division, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Technical Paper Series: Koyukon

Andersen, David B. 1982. Regional Subsistence Bibliography, Interior Alaska. Volume II, Number 1. Technical Paper No. 2.

Andersen, David B. 1992. The Use of Dog Teams and the Use of Subsistence-Caught Fish for Feeding Sled Dogs in the Yukon River Drainage, Alaska. Technical Paper No. 210.

Compliance with Moose Harvest Reporting Requirements in Rural Interior Alaska. Technical Paper No. 215.

Andersen, David B. 1992. Trapping in Alaska and the Proposed European Community Import Ban on Furs Taken with Leghold Traps. Technical Paper No. 223.

Andrews, Elizabeth. 1986. Yukon River Subsistence Fall Chum Fisheries: An Overview. Technical Paper No. 147.

Marcotte, James R. 1982. The King Salmon Drift Net Fishery of the Middle Yukon: An Overview and Study of the 1982 Season.Technical Paper No. 18.

Marcotte, James R. and Terry L. Haynes. 1984. Contemporary Resource Use Patterns in the Upper Koyukuk Region, Alaska. Technical

Paper No. 93.

Marcotte, James R. 1986. Contemporary Resource Use Patterns in Huslia, Alaska, 1983. Technical Paper No. 133.

Marcotte, James R. 1990. Subsistence Harvest of Fish and Wildlife by Residents of Galena, Alaska, 1985-86. Technical Paper No. 155.

Robert, Michelle. 1984. Trapping Patterns in the Vicinity of the Kaiyuh Flats, West Central Alaska. Technical Paper No. 84.

Wheeler, Priscilla. 1987. Salmon Fishing Patterns Along the Middle Yukon River at Kaltag, Alaska. Technical Paper No. 156.


1. Encourage Iñupiaq subsistence curriculum development. There is a large void here. This might include contracting with someone to prepare materials from the Simon Paniak Museum for publication, as well as encouraging Elmer Jackson to further develop his draft, and NWASD to make their materials classroom ready.

2. Work with Jerry Lipka and Ciulistet to encourage publication of their materials. These materials form the backbone (or could) of subsistence materials from the Yup'ik area.

3. Encourage Aleut and Alutiiq subsistence curriculum development. There is a huge void here. I am not sure what to suggest. I have worked with Cugachmiut on subsistence curriculum, but their focus is on language materials at present. Perhaps the Alutiiq Museum and KANA might be the best bets. There is a fur seal curriculum planned for the Pribilofs, but it is only in the planning stages.

4. Encourage the publication of the TCC Headstart materials. Sara Kienzli the Director, is looking for a commercial publisher, but it would be a good idea to make contact with her again in the spring, as she is extremely busy, and may only follow up to a limited extent. If she is unable to find a commercial publisher, I would recommend that ANKN co-publish or something. She also has information of traditional child rearing practices and beliefs for the Koyukon and Gwich'in areas.

5. Fund more updating and publishing of Iditarod School District materials. It would be nice to see another 6 developed, and then all 13 published together as a book.

6. Encourage development of the Salmon Curriculum Matrix, as a way of integrating SE Alaska materials in a larger framework.

7. Stay abreast of the 7th Grade curriculum David Thunder Eagle and Pat Partnow are creating at CITC.



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