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

Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment


Judy Diamondstone * Ray Barnhardt

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Small High Schools Project
Center for Cross-Cultural Studies
University of Alaska Fairbanks

© copyright 1990, by Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, College of Rural Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks. All materials in this manual may be reproduced.

Publications Center
Center for Cross-Cultural Studies
College of Rural Alaska
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Printing History: First Edition - January, 1990

Credits: Editors - Ray Barnhardt and Judy Diamondstone

Layout/Design - Publications Center


Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Cataloging-in-Publishing Data.

Diamondstone, Judy.
Curriculum resources for the Alaskan environment.


1. Education-Alaska-Curricula. 2. Curriculum planning-Alaska. I. Barnhardt, Ray. II. University of Alaska Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies. Ill. Small High Schools Project. IV. Title.

LB1561.A4D53 1990


The cover design, "Brotherhood," was created by Mida Swan in the Native Arts Class taught by Kathy Harbeson at the McQueen School, Kivalina, Northwest Arctic School District, Alaska.

ISBN 1-877962-12-0




This collection is the culmination of multiple efforts over a period of years. Many teachers took the time to write down successful curriculum ideas and several graduate students rewrote the ideas onto a single-page format. Then all of the projects were reorganized, edited, and entered into a computer by Judy Diamondstone as a graduate project for her master's degree in cross-cultural education. Finally, Barbara Tabbert and Kim Hagen converted the document into a publishable form. Our sincere thanks to all who have made a contribution to this effort.


Ray Barnhardt
Judy Diamondstone





Environmental Studies

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


Communication Arts

Artist in Residence Program

Community Mural Project

Elder Posters and Interviews

Literature from Life History and Village Lore

Bilingual Exercise

Illustrated History of Eskimo Games

Freeze-Up Essays

Literacy Bank

Elementary Reader

Grant and Proposal Writing

Student A/V Presentation

"Focus on Your Village," a short videotaped news program

Developmental Photography

Film and Video Scripting


Producing a Play

Ceramics-Chess Class

Block Print Sales

Weavers Guild


Cultural Ecology

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      


Resource Catalog



Culture, Community, and the Curriculum by Ray Barnhardt



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