Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

Christopher Egalaaq Liu

Two Yup'ik engineers are trying to push the Yugtun language into the future, using technology. Their latest project opens the door for Yugtun autocorrect, grammar checkers, and automatic subtitles on Yup'ik videos. 


The UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

It’s been more than a year since Bethel's Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center hosted a Saturday Market, and it’s going to be a bit longer until there's another one. On the advice of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, the campus has delayed the community event until May 15.

The UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Now that over half of Bethel’s eligible population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center will once again begin hosting community events. The first such event will be a community art show on Friday, April 2. Then, the cultural center will host its first Saturday Market in over a year on April 10. KYUK spoke with YPCC Program Manager Teddi Worrock about the details.

Won Ho Lee is originally from South Korea, but moved to Bethel in the early 90s. Feb. 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel has the highest percentage of Koreans among all of the cities in Alaska. Since many of them work in the restaurant or taxi industries, they have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. This is a story about why and how such a large population of Koreans formed in Bethel. Most of the interviews were conducted in Korean and translated into English.

Wayne Don

The Alaska National Guard will soon have a general who is from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Calista Corporation board member Col. Wayne Don will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general on Feb. 7, becoming the highest ranking Alaska Native currently serving in the Alaska National Guard. 

Jenny Suh stands outside of Video World days after the store closed. January 15, 2021 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

One of the last remaining video stores in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta closed up shop on Jan. 10 after holding on for a remarkably long time. Most video stores in the U.S. closed over a decade ago. In Bethel, the exorbitant cost of high-speed internet kept the business alive.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

It was a cold Thursday morning when Erin Newkirk and Larry “Toby” Tobias decided to finally tie the knot after 12 years together. Together with three guests, a pastor, and 12 dogs, they set out into the tundra for the ceremony.

Katie Basile / KYUK

At times it felt like 2020 would never end, but now the year is finally coming to a close. Before we move into 2021, here’s a look back on KYUK’s top stories from the year we’ve just survived.

On Dec. 4, PBS aired a "Molly of Denali" segment shot and narrated by a young fan from Bethel. 


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Bethel’s annual fireworks display is going to be bigger and better than ever. Casey Burke, with the Bethel Fire Department, said that the department raised enough funds to support a show much larger than normal to ring in 2021.