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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.







Long ago there was a 65 year old man named The Great Beader. He beaded a lot of nice head dresses for great chiefs and warriors.

One day The Great Beader and his grandson, Running Deer, went out on a camping trip. The Great Beader told many legends. One of them was about how a great chief survived without any food for one week. It went like this.

One day a great chief named Faded Flower went out with a couple of his men. They went out on the rough water to hunt for fish, birds and animals because the tribe was almost out of food. But the two men fell out of the canoe and drowned. After five days had passed the chief himself had caught a lot of fish and birds. But he didn't eat them because he was thinking mainly about his people. Then he made a big head dress to wear for when he brought the food to his people. This was so the food would not spoil. The next day he got home and shared the food with his people. After The Great Beader told the story, his grandson, Running Deer, asked how to make a head dress.

The Great Beader then took out his pack and started making a head dress. By the next couple of days he had already put the feathers on the skin. On the third day he started beading the head dress. The Great Beader then said to Running Deer, "You must finish beading this head dress. If you finish it by tomorrow it will be yours."

"I will try my best to finish beading ," replied Running Deer. And the whole night long Running Deer stayed up. By the next day he had finished the head dress and he showed it to his grandfather.

That night, the Great Beader talked to Running Deer's spirits and asked them to give the head dress magic powers so that Running Deer would be a great hunter. The next day he gave the head dress to Running Deer.

After Running Deer received this magic gift he had much luck. He married a beautiful girl and became a great hunter, warrior, and, after his grandfather died, the chief of his people. He always had good luck hunting for his tribe.

By Gerilyn Fitka


Ben Peteroff

Victor Shorty

Carmen Pitka
Camping Trip

Olga Moxie

John Tikiun

Theresa George
The Bear

Chris Fitka
Dominique Wilkins

Fred Alstrom
The Mischief Kids

Yvonne Evan
The Great Rock

Garrett Evan

Gerilyn Fitka
The Magical Head Dress

Kathy Duny
Swans from Australia


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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