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Kristin Henke

Kwethluk, AK, United States

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There are several short stories that my students created in the past two years that have birds playing a role.

Bird Folklore

Students use birds and other elements of nature to create traditional-style Yupik folktales. They illustrate their stories. The Yupik-Eskimo teacher works with us to translate some of the story elements into the Yupik language. The folktales help these students, who live in a subsistence hunter/gatherer culture to understand the natural world as something to appreciate beyond providing food. The stories generate appreciation for and recognition of the beauty and wonder of the natural world around them.

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