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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 First Bear
A long, long time ago there lived a man and a woman. They had two children. The man was a great hunter, and he was so good with a bow, others called him Pitegcurli. Everytime he went hunting he would always come back with sufficient game.

One day he didn't come home when he went hunting. But he came home the next day without any game. He started telling his wife that he would die someday soon. He told his wife if he died to put him in his kayak with all his hunting tools and just let him float away.

One day he did die and his wife put him in his kayak, like he wished, and set it in the water by the beach. When she woke up each morning she would look at him. But on the fourth morning her husband was gone in the kayak with his tools. She figured that he must've gone to the land of the dead. One day while she was gathering wood she heard a robin saying, "pitegcurl pitegcurli", and she asked him where he heard that from? The robin told her that there was a man named Pitegcurli living on the other side of the the mountain with two wives.She was very curious about this man and decided to find out who he was. So she went to her cache and looked over all the different skins she had. There was a caribou, a seal and a bear skin. She got the bear skin ready, went into her house and told her children to wait for her. When she went out she put on the bear skin. It was too loose, so she put boards on the side of the skin.

When she went over the mountain, she saw smoke coming out of a house. She went down and hid in the tall grass, and watched for her husband. Not long afterwards she saw her husband come out and get into his kayak to go hunting. While his two wives were saying good bye to him she became so jealous that she went down to the house and killed them both. She then put the women up on the posts with their arms stretched out, and hid again in the tall grass.

When her husband came to shore, he called his wives to help him, but they didn't move. He was curious about this and came up to take a look. Then the woman, filled with rage, attacked her husband and tore him apart. Then she went home. But when she got home she forgot that she was wearing the bear skin, and went inside the house. The children got so scared that they became little birds and flew away. The woman was so upset she started wandering around with the bear skin on. She did this for the rest of her life, and so she became a bear.

Told by,
Nick Isaac
Interviewed by,
Palassa Sergie

 The First Bear

How Dog Got His Big Ears A Dog I Am A Day In The Life Of A Dog My Life Story
A HUSKY I am Too Old to Play A Dog for a Day Dream Dog
A Day For Little Legs Ever Since I was Born...


The Day My Life Ended as a Fox If I Were A Fox A Fox I Am PARANOID
Sense of Where You Are Through the Eyes of a Fox A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOX In The Life of A Fox

THROUGH THE EYES OF A TURKEY Sue the Turkey Till Death Becomes Thee Through the Eyes of a Wild Turkey
Eye of a Turkey A Turkey's Life My Crazy Life as a Turkey Through the Eyes of A Turkey

TIME FOR A CHANGE OUR LOST LAND A Killer Bee is Who I Am Killer Bees Attack Humans
A Bee I Am Channel Bee News KILLER BEES OF AMERICA Attack Of The Killer Bee's


OUR SCARY EXPERIENCE The Witch... One Cold Dark Night Freaking Out
One Scary Night… A Crazy Fishing Trip With Norma The Night Of Halloween House of Halloween



How the Chicken Got Its Name How The Ptarmigan Changed The Seasons How Moose Got Its Antlers How Dogs Started to Bark...
How the Fox Got His Red Coat How Raven Got Its Black Feathers How The Bear Lost His Tail Kidnapped Daughter
Of Wolf and Man Why Wolves Are So Big The Monkey Man Ircaqurluk: The Yupik Teacher
The Old Woman Statue How the Red Fox got its Colors The First Bear The Last of the Thunderbirds
The Bear Skin How The Raven Got Black Wolf Spots The Bear and the Two Weasles



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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