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Courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

  

Happy Indigenous People's Day! It’s Alaska’s second annual Indigenous People’s Day, a day that did not exist until last year.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

ALAXSXA|ALASKA is back and still packing them in. The production by Ping Chong, a company based in New York City, uses puppets, Yup’ik drumming, and dance to produce a theatrical collage based on Alaskan history, personal stories, and climate change. At the core of ALAXSXA|ALASKA stands Gary Beaver, who is from Kasigluk in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Beaver says that being part of the production helped him come to terms with his own addiction to alcohol, and he says that the play is making a difference for others.

A Packed Bethel Crowd Reads Poetry With US Poet Laureate

Aug 30, 2018
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith treated Bethel residents to an intimate poetry reading on August 28, 2018.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Courtesy of Library of Congress

Bethel residents crowded into the town’s Cultural Center on Tuesday night to attend an intimate reading with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.


Bethel Prepares For Visit From US Poet Laureate Tracy Smith

Aug 28, 2018
U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith is hosting a poetry reading at Bethel's library on August 28, 2018.
Charles Enoch/KYUK

The U.S. Poet Laureate is speaking at Bethel's library on Tuesday evening.

A wooden doll covered in red ochre is pulled from an unearthed sod house near Quinhagak, Alaska. The dig site is called Nunalleq, which means "old village" in Yup’ik and dates back to 1540.
Katie Basile

Quinhagak took a big step to redraft its cultural narrative this month with the opening of the largest museum collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world, located off the coast of the Bering Sea. The village has been regaining pre-contact cultural knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of its Yup’ik heritage.  

 

 

 


Katie Basile / KYUK

This past Saturday, hundreds packed the Bethel Cultural Center for the second annual Taste of Bethel. KYUK was on the scene with 17 vendors representing over 14 countries and cultures' sweet and savory delights. Dishes included foods from Greece, Ireland, Israel, Austria, Hawaii, Mexico, Iran, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, and the Philippines. If you didn’t make it to the event you can still enjoy some of this year’s tastes of Bethel by purchasing the cookbook, available now through the Kuskokwim Art Guild.  

 

 


Nunalleq Culture And Archaeology Center Opens In Quinhagak

Aug 14, 2018
Warren Jones and Grace Hill of Qanirtuuq Incorporated cut the ribbon at the opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center in Quinhagak on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The center will hold 60,000 artifacts found at a site near Quinhagak.
Katie Basile/KYUK

On Saturday, a large crowd of elders, scholars, and artists gathered in Quinhagak to celebrate the opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center. Quinhagak’s new museum is home to 60,000 artifacts, the largest collection of pre-contact Yup’ik artifacts in the world. Its opening was the culmination of nine years of back-breaking work, and the result of a unique partnership between Quinhagak’s village corporation and archaeologists.


 Archeologist Rick Knecht (left) of the University of Aberdeen and Qanirtuuq Inc. CEO Warren Jones (right) for the Native Village of Quinhagak, Alaska has worked for the past decade on one of the first archeological & Indigenously community based dig site
Christine Trudeau

Festivities begin tomorrow in the village of Quinhagak for the opening of their long-awaited Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center, which will display the largest collection of Yup'ik artifacts in the world. According to the Quinhagak Archaeology Project Facebook page, festivities will kick off at noon with a potluck, followed by presentations and a song performed by the Quinhagak Dancers.

More than 60,000 artifacts arrived home in Quinhagak on July 31, 2018 after being preserved in Scotland. The artifacts were recovered from Nunalleq, an ancient village along the coast outside of Quinhagak.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The world’s largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts has finally returned home to Quinhagak on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast. After shipping delays in Europe, the Nunalleq artifacts have returned in time for the community’s museum opening next week.


At the dig site, PhD student Jonathan Lim takes a short break. Lim, who is from Malaysia, is one of many archeologists from around the world who worked in Nunalleq. Photo taken August 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The community of Quinhagak is currently awaiting the return shipment of 60,000 Yup’ik artifacts in time for its August 11 museum opening.  As the clock ticks to save fragile items unearthed by melting permafrost at the Nunalleq archaeological dig site in Quinhagak, community members and investigators hurriedly prepare to house the largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world.

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