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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.





Following the Star

During the first day of Christmas vacation I stayed up all night and slept all day. Cal came to visit me a couple of times, just to hassle me or to play Pictionary.

I didn't go to the Christmas program until they started handing out presents. Dennis, Umbro and I were having lots of fun hassling Kim while we were waiting around for presents. Then I went to my house with Jake and one of my friends and opened up my presents. After that, we went to Wes's house where they were caroling. After a while we got bored and went home. Christmas day I didn't do much.

Between Christmas and New Year's I pretty much stayed home listening to music or playing guitar. New Year's Eve was fairly boring for me. The dance at Leslie's old store was really boring, and it was more like a place to hang out and listen to music. I went up to the gym before midnight so that I could be closer to where they were going to have the fireworks display. Umbro was going to bring his little sister down with his four-wheeler to see the fireworks and I hopped on with them. The display was better than the years before, but it was still pretty boring, except for when a couple of the artillery shells tipped over and blew up on the ice. After midnight when everybody calmed down we went back to the dance. Umbro brought me down to Leslie's. It was really empty at first, but then it started to fill up. We moshed, but it was cheap because there were only two of us on the floor. There were supposed to be a couple more, but they chickened out. When the dance was just starting to get really good, Smee and Walter came down to cut us off.

Between New Year's and Slavic I didn't do much. The first two days of Slavic I didn't even go because they cut it off at midnight so they could have church in the morning. The day that they started going all night I started following the star from James One's. By the time they got to Joe Peter's it was around 6:00 a.m. I stayed at Joe's till around 9:00 and then went back to my house to sleep. When I got up I ate some breakfast, then I hung out in my house for a while. Then I went to check out Robert Pitka who was home from the Navy. His brother Stook and I went to my house for about an hour. Stook fell asleep, but I woke him up and told him that I was going to check out the star which was at John Moxie's. When we went down we waited around for a while until they told us to eat. After I was through eating I sat on the couch and joked around with Yoda and Austin. When Nick Coffee was asked to go and eat he didn't want to, but I told him that when they asked him to eat he had to go eat. When he sat down, Augusta asked him, "What kind of soup do you want, moose soup or king salmon soup?" He said, "Whichever one is soup." And we all laughed.

After John's we went to Herman's and then to Feducia's where we ate again. Austin and I were in the back room with some other kids and we talked for a couple hours about dumb things like animals and Atlantis and what we wanted to do in the future. And so it went until we had finished following the star, and then I had only a couple of days to get ready for school.

Maurice Turet
Following the Star

Six Hours to Mtn Village!

- Nastasia Sergie

Jumping Snow Banks

- Rose Lynn Fitka

Following the Star

- Maurice Turet

Crash on a Snow Machine

- Jolene Soolook

Finally on the 14th!

- Kimberly Fitka

Eight Seconds of Fun

- Mildred Fitka


Student Stories


Stories from Parents,
and Community

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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