once was a boy who lived in Corwin, Alaska. Corwin is a village near
the top of Alaska. The boy's village had no water. Since no one in the
village had volunteered to help get water, the boy secretly decided he
would get water himself from the closest river. The closest river was
the Kukpuk River. It took a lot of planning. He had to pack all of his
food and things he needed.
One night when everyone in the village was asleep, he crept out of
his house to begin his journey. He was creeping very quietly when all
of a sudden he heard a terrifying CRACK!!! He got so terribly startled
his legs wouldn't move. No sound came out of his mouth. He stood there
face to face with a bear. The Boy's reaction was to run. He climbed up
a tree to get away from the bear. As his eyes adjusted to the dark he
could see that it was a grizzly bear. He stayed in the tree until the
bear was gone. He climbed down the tree while being aware of the sounds
The boy, whose name was Sinpak, heard animal noises and darted
around. A fox came out of the brush. Sinpak moved towards the fox. The
fox felt threatened and charged Sinpak, knocking him to the ground. to
Sinpak's surprise, the fox started licking Sinpak. He started laughing.
Sinpak and the fox became friends. The fox and Sinpak went down a
path that would lead them in the direction of water. All of a sudden a
bear tore out of the woods. Sinpak didn't like to think about his last
bear experience. Sinpak hid in the bushes while he watched his best
friend get in a fight with a ferocious, hungry bear. The bear ripped
the fox and ate part of him. Sinpak cautiously walked to the fox.
Sinpak couldn't believe it. His best friend was dead. Sinpak wept as he
continued on towards water.
Soon, Sinpak was looking at the big Kukpuk River. He searched for
his bucket in his pack. He couldn't find it. He looked again. Sinpak
screamed. He was astonished he had lost his bucket. He had wanted so
much to please his village and had traveled so far, just to fail. When
he looked into the sky he saw the spirit of the fox. The fox spoke to
Sinpak and said "Do not worry, I will provide you with something."
Sinpak waited until the fox's spirit came back. Out of the sky came
an enormous bucket, "I surely will not be able to carry that big
bucket," thought Sinpak. But Sinpak took the handle and lifted. He
found that it was very light. He dipped the bucket into the river and
filled it with water. Sinpak thought that this was going to be
impossible to carry. Sinpak tried and that it was as light as it was
when it was empty. Sinpak was greatly relieved when his mission was
He returned to his village with water. All the people were looking
at him and saw what he was carrying. "What have you got?" they asked.
"you will see," said Sinpak. He asked everyone to get a small bucket.
When everyone came back with a bucket, Sinpak lifted his bucket and
poured some water into each of their buckets. Some screamed for joy.
Sinpak's father said, "You have done your job, son." Sinpak nodded and
thought back to his journey with the fox. Sinpak looked up and saw that
the people had formed a circle around him. A chant started. "Sinpak,
Sinpak, Sinpak." Sinpak blushed. Again, Sinpak thought back to his
journey with the fox. The fox's spirit would be with Sinpak forever.