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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Indigenous Education Worldwide

Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: business, math, distributive education

Timeline: three to ten hours preparation, two hours shopping

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to provide a community service through school instructional activities


D. Werneke
Christmas Shopping



Square bullet Activities

  • Check wholesalers in Alaska for the best assortment of goods and best prices.
  • Find a wholesale outlet that will let you purchase items without paying for them until after you have sold them:
    • some companies will pick out the assortment for you if you give them a price range for items.
  • Plan your purchase two months ahead of the holiday season; sell one week before Christmas. Purchase toys, candy, candles, clothing, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Keep accurate accounts payable.
  • Mark everything up a small amount (10%) to cover postage, insurance, loss of items during sale, and advertising.
  • Compose and lay out advertisements.
  • Practice operating the cashier and salesmanship before the sale.
  • After the sale, pay the companies which have extended you credit.
  • Balance your accounts:
    • after the first attempt you'll have a better idea of what to order and how much; Selawik students purchased $2,200 of assorted items the first year; almost everything was sold-enough to pay the wholesale companies; the villagers appreciated the service and asked for it again.

Square bullet Resources

  • Alaska wholesalers


  • Number the items, and let customers shop by number.

Carving and Jewelry Co-Op

Fund-Raising: Concessions/Raffle/Auction/T-Shirt Sales

Rummage Sales

Mail Order Business

School-Based Enterprises

Café Operation

Open House

Community Use of School Library

Village Recreation

Guest Speakers


Local Livelihood

On-the-Job/Cooperative Education

College Preparation

Teacher's Aide Training

Managing Community Affairs

Land Claims Brainstorming

The Corporation Game or Alaska Monopoly

Reconveyances: ANCSA Studies

Resource Development Options

City Council Meeting Simulation

Mock Board of Directors Meeting

REAA School Board Trip

Your Village

Family Tree

Village Archaeology

Building Traditional Dwellings

Cultural Heritage Projects

Traditional Hunters Manual

Ethnic Dinners

Following the Iditarod Dog Race

Visit to the Tribes

Trip to Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing

Firearms Handling

First-Aid Training

Christmas Shopping      



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006