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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: career education, journalism, English

Timeline: tour weeks, one hour per day

Grade Levels: 10-12

Purpose: to acquaint students with ways of making a living in the region; to provide career information outside of books (careers in action)


D. Madara and E. Gillett
Local Livelihood



Square bullet Activities

  • Identify people who are employed in the village and who would be willing to come into class to talk with students:
  • let students select who will come each week.

  • Provide one day for students to brainstorm questions they want to ask.
  • At the end of the week, provide a day for discussion and job comparison.
  • Have students keep a journal, with notes about each job, pros and cons.
  • At end of project, have student write about one or two jobs they found most interesting, and why.
  • Develop an inventory of local job/subsistence opportunitites and skills required.

Square bullet Resources

  • regional and village corporations and businesses
  • military services
  • subsistence practitioners


  • Have students observe/participate in career positions:

    make a list of all careers available in the region

    find ones open to student participation

    make appointments with supervisors

    have students keep a journal while observing or working

    compose articles or essays about careers of interest.

  • Invite people from outside the village to present other forms of livelihood.
  • Arrange an apprenticeship program.


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