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

Subject Areas: math, English, science, arctic survival, physical education

Timeline: several weeks training, one week evaluation

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to foster pride in personal ability to survive in the elements without outside help

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Hart Allex
Survival Skills

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Square bullet Activities

  • Hold a one-week class in arctic survival. Rely on a knowledgeable instructor(s) to teach:

    setting snares

    first aid

    shelter building

    foraging

    firearm safety.

  • Incorporate overnight camping trips near the village to teach skills such as:

    pitching and mending tents

    starting fires and preparing game for meals.

  • After the class, conduct a one-week survival exercise:

    invite parents

    limit food and other supplies

    permit .22 caliber rifles

    let students select an area.

Square bullet Resources

  • camping equipment, maps, walkie-talkies, fishing equipment
  • village arctic survival experts
  • Outward Bound Program, Boulder, CO 
  • Arctic Survival Handbook, United States Air Force

Variations

  • In the winter, use skis or dogsleds.
  • In the summer, use canoes or kayaks.

  

Village Map and Directory

Land Selection

Local Weather Station

Star Mapping

6" Newtonian Reflecting Telescope Construction

Planetarium Construction

Investigation of Snow Melting

Insulation Experiments: Cardboard Boxes/Snow-Fenced Houses

Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Practical Application of Alternative Energy System

Solar Energy Uses

Construction of School/Community Facilities

Bush Shop or How to Learn Carpentry Without Wood

Basic Home Maintenance

Snowmachine Maintenance

Glider Construction (Aviation Shop)

Subsistence Tool Construction

Operating a Trapline, Subsistence Trapline, or Subsistence Net

Survival Skills

Heritage Campout

Netting Fish Efficiently

Natural History

Study of a Food Resource

Effects of Diet on Mice or Rats

Medicinal Plants

Farming the Sea

Summer Marine Science Program

Vegetable Gardening

Greenhouse Construction and Gardening

Chicken Farming

Water Usage Study

Garbage Disposal

Village Dogs

Fire Safety

 

 

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Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
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Last modified August 17, 2006