Search for Resources

Yukon Kings

Secondary

Description

Set in the remote Alaskan Yukon Delta, Yukon King follows Yup'ik fisherman Ray Waska as he teaches his grandchildren how to fish during the summer salmon run. With environmental and cultural forces threatening their subsistence way of life, Roy holds onto the hope that his grandsons will one day pass on the traditional knowledge to their children.

The video is accompanied by a lesson plan, Resiliency Among the Salmon People, that is intended to encourage student reflection on and discussion about this specific case of cultural loss and more generally the inevitability of change as society pursues "progress".

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

Student viewing of the film and associated teacher questioning will help students identify those skills related to effective media messaging - telling a story that engages the audience. 

The lesson plan attached to the video suggests that students debate whether the cultural changes depicted in the film are an inevitable consequences of 'progress". Participation in such a debate would help students strengthen skills associated with clarifying, verifying, or challenging ideas and conclusions.  

Strengths

The issue of cultural survival is likely to demand more of our attention as technological and other changes weaken traditional lifestyles. The case study presented here -  the threat to the Yup'ik traditional fishing and hunting way of life - provides students with an interesting introduction to the larger issue and the use of a film supported by a lesson plan is an effective strategy in doing so.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Teachers of Media Studies courses may find the film to be a useful study of effective messaging in film. The film would also have relevance for various courses in Native or Aboriginal Studies.The larger issue of cultural survival is also addressed in a number of Social Studies courses.

The video is perhaps best used as an introduction to a larger study of the struggle of indigenous cultures to survive. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.

  • Step 1Select a province
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 9
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Contemporary Indigenous Studies: The identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.
  • Manitoba
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 9
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Cultural Diversity
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Other Cultures: Connections and Influences
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Specific Aboriginal Culture
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Manage ideas and information
    • Grade 10
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Cultural Diversity
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Other Cultures: Connections and Influences
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Specific Aboriginal Culture
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Manage ideas and information
    • Grade 11
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Cultural Diversity
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Specific Aboriginal Culture
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Manage ideas and information
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Cultural Diversity
        • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Specific Aboriginal Culture
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Citizenship and Sustainability:Area of Inquiry: Indigenous Peoples
        • Global Issues
  • New Brunswick
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Media Studies 120: Film, Television, and Video
  • Northwest Territories
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 9
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Plan and focus an inquiry or research and interpret and analyze information and ideas, through a process
    • Grade 10
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Manage ideas and information
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Northern Studies 10: Module 1: Northern Identity
  • Ontario
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • English/Language Arts
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Media Studies (Open) Media and Society
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Contemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives in a Global Context, (Univ./College prep.): Indigenous Peoples and Perspectives
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • World Cultures (Univ./College Prep): Critical Cultural Issues
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 10
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Native Studies 10: Economies: Aboriginal Perspectives
    • Grade 11
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Aboriginal Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Native Studies 20: Development
  • Yukon Territory
    • Step 2Select a grade level
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Contemporary Indigenous Studies: The identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.

Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Habitat Loss
  • Food & Agriculture (1)

    • Local Food
  • Human Rights (1)

    • Cultural Diversity
  • Indigenous Knowledge (1)

    • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Fisheries
  • Water (1)

    • Marine Environments