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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.





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Russian Orthodox News

Starting on March 13, the Russian Orthodox Lent will be held for 40 days. "Lent is supposed to be strict because we only eat fish," said Sophie Tiffert, a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. She adds that, "Any meat from the land is not supposed to be eaten, but out here, it's really hard to stay with a strict fast, and if we really have to eat meat, we'll just have to eat it." We not only should fast from meat, she said. It could also be from certain things we do, like gambling, drinking, smoking or chewing.

Sophie also reported that they are still trying to find funds for our new church. "If anybody wants to donate money, we'll accept it. Since our big need is our church bell, we will also accept donations for the bell," she said.

It is hard to say when the new Russian Orthodox church is going to be built, but according to Sophie, the bishop said that we should start building it before the Russian Orthodox conference is held. We could get grants for the church, she said, if the icons were recorded someplace. Back in the late 1800's, the icons were at St. Michael, but they were brought here after Marshall became a city in the 1960's.

Russian Orthodox Easter will be a week after the Roman Catholic Easter, on April 30. "Easter's always a special holiday to celebrate because it is the most exciting holiday I like to celebrate", said Sophie.

Jolene Soolook
Church News
Church News
Catholic Church Celebrates New
Millennium Jubilee

Clara Shorty, the administrator of the Catholic Church, says that the church is celebrating their new millennium jubilee. They do this by having a group of young adults receive their confirmation. They are also trying to get more couples to get married, or have their marriage blessed because some are only married by the civil court. "So far this year, five adults have been confirmed, so we have reached one of our goals," she reports.

They also celebrated Alvin Owletuck's 25th anniversary as Deacon for Marshall. The bishop, Mike Kaniecki, came over from Fairbanks and said special masses for Alvin and the confirmation group. There was a potluck and Eskimo dancing for them afterwards.

Another of their goals was to have their first communion group. Angeline Coffee is their only teacher. They have tried to have more catechism teachers, but parents never volunteer, Clara says. The communion class will receive their first communion on Mother's Day. All kids who go to communion are expected to know their prayers.

Sometime this summer or fall, the Catholic Church is going to do a fund raiser with the Russian Orthodox Church. They didn't raise funds during the Marshall races because they would have had to give them 20% of the profit.

Every month the Catholic Church has a workshop in St. Mary's for their deacon, Eucharist ministers, catechism teachers, parish council and the parish administrators. During the workshops they learn about their duties and what is expected of them.

The Church is trying to incorporate special Yupik customs into the mass ritual, Clara reports. "We do this by using tundra tea for incense instead of frankincense. We also sing our native songs in the Yupik language, and we are trying to translate most of the English songs into Yupik. Our Yupik rules for good living parallel the Ten Commandments. They are part of us."

Clara said more people need to come to mass, and to understand how important it is to take communion and go to confession. "This is what we are trying to teach in the confirmation classes, and what we are trying to get more parents to teach their children," she says.

Jolene Soolook

Opinion Section

Teen Centers in the Bush

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Wrong Place For A Dump Site

- Mildred Fitka

School News

Three Interesting Women

Lily Wong-Filimore
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Mary Eunice Romero
- Rose Fitka

Sharon Besser
- Mildred Fitka

In Juneau with Close-Up

- Kimberly Fitka

Straight from Max

- Nastasia Sergie

Remember Earth Day?

- Frank Keim

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Time for a Change

- Donna Best

Fairfield, Here I Come

- Flora Evan

Life After Death

- Frank J.M. Keim

...a Vacation!

- Ray Butts

Village News

Maserculiq Inc. News

- Rose Lynn Fitka

Keeping People Alive

- Rose Lynn Fitka

Marshall Fish News

- Maurice Turet

New Post Office for Marshall

- Jolene Soolook

City of Marshall

- Kim Fitka

New Water and Sewer in Marshall

- Kimberly Fitka

Church News

Russian Orthodox News

- Jolene Soolook

Catholic Church Celebrates New
Millennium Jubilee

- Jolene Soolook

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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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