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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.





Clara's Trip to Tern's Wedding


"On June 2nd my family and I went down the Yukon River to Emmonak and Alakanuk to attend Terri and Bill Manumik's wedding. I was worried about going because this was only Moses's third trip downriver. He wasn't sure of which route to use.

Everything worked out great though because Charlie and Alice Fitka were also going down to attend the wedding. Charlie and Alice have traveled down every year to fish for Herring.

About 20 miles down from Mt. Village we came to a wide part of the Yukon River, and was it rough!! Crossing from the north to the south side of the river was a very scary ride. The front of our boat would tip forward so hard that all we saw was water!! Then we would crest the wave and see for miles around for about four seconds!! This lasted about two hours!! All my children had big scared eyes!!!

About five miles up river from Emmonak, Charlie Fitka's motor broke down, so we had to tow them into Emmonak. Moses and Charlie weren't sure what the problem was, but we made it to Emmonak. There we checked to see if David and Christine Teganlakla were home, but they had already gone up to Marshall for fish camp.

Later we had to go over to Alakanuk to stay with our cousin, Ray Oney, and his wife, Ruth. They were delighted to have us there because it was only our second visit to Alakanuk.

The next day we went back to Emmonak to attend Tern and Bill's wedding which was held at the Complex building.

Tern and her maid of honor and flower girls, Anna Irene, Debbie and Flora, and Bill's nieces and daughter were all dressed in bright blue kuspaks. They were all so beautiful! Bill and his best man, the ring bearer, and Tern's sister, Manian, all wore white kuspaks with bright blue trim. It was dazzling!!

It was a court wedding and Tern's sister, Marian P. Okitkun, performed the marriage ceremony. There were also guest speakers at the ceremony. These were Alex Bird and Ray Waska, both elders. They had very good advice for young couples courting, couples planning to get married, and married couples too. Their message was to respect each other, work together to have a good life, to always be considerate of each other, and to be sober and drug free. They said that we were losing our young people, especially our young men, by drunk driving both on roads and rivers. Alex Bird said when a person dies by drowning while drunk driving his body goes straight down to the bottom. They really wanted young people to heed their advice because they are both sad at seeing young healthy lives taken away by drugs and alcohol.

They had one more message, and it was to both the moms and women in general. This concerned money. They said we were to use the money we made to clothe, feed, and help our children, parents, grandparents and our grown brothers and sisters if they have need for money. This surprised me because I don't usually see or hear of anyone in Marshall sharing their money with extended families like they do with food we gather from the land. I think that's where our cultural values and traditions ended and started to fade away. We do need to start sharing again. I felt so good to hear this advice, like someone still cared and wanted the best for us.

Story by: Clara Shorty

Interviewed by: Matt Shorty

Clara's Trip to Tern's Wedding

Annie's Gnat Attack

- Annie Hunter

Clara's Trip to Tern's Wedding

- Clara Shorty/Matt Shorty

Nick's Summer Conference Trip

- Nick Isaac/Chris Fitka

Angeline's Trip to Kavakutak

- Angeline Coffee/Ben Peteroff

Gail's Exciting Summer

- Gail Fitka/Tanya Peter

Leo Moves his Smoke House

- Leo Fitka

Kat Lifts a House

- Katemal Shorty

Janice Olsen's Summer Vacation

- Janice Olsen/Mary Jane Shorty

Donna's Summer In New Jersey

- Donna Best/Carmen Pitka

Leland's Summer Vacation

- Leland Roundy/Fred Alstrom

Jennifer's Summer in Kansas

- Jennifer Keim/Olga Moxie

Frank Keim's Exciting Summer

- Frank Keim/Theresa George

A Great Summer

- Roger Adams/Robert Pitka

Tom's Summer

- Tom Andrew/Garrett Evan

Richard's Trip to South Dakota

- Richard Olsen/Victor Shorty

Gloria Fitka's Busy Summer

- Gloria Fitka/Gerilyn Fltka

Andy's Fun Summer

- Andy Boots/Tanya Peter

Running Aground

- Olga Soolook

Terri's Wonderful Wedding

- Robert Pitka


Student Stories

Other Student Stories

Stories of Summers Past


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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