Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

Taylor Malone is a jewlery artist with roots in Toksook Bay and Bethel, Alaska.
Courtesy of Selena Malone

Krysti Shallenberger talks with Taylor Malone, an artist with roots in Toksook Bay and Bethel, whose beaded earrings were promoted by one of the most popular supermodels on Twitter.

KYUK has been documenting life in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for nearly 50 years. Going back to 1971, KYUK has been capturing everything from Yup'ik dance, to interviews with local Elders. Now KYUK is digitizing our history. With help from our funders, we are in the process of digitizing over 2,000 videos and making them available to the public.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

When art camp was canceled, Margret Hannah took it upon herself to keep the tradition alive. She put a call out to the public asking for members of the community to come and paint the dumpsters. This year's collection of dumpsters were painted throughout the month of July, including during a midnight dumpster party, and delivered around the city in early August. 

To learn more about the dumpster paintings, listen to the following episode of Coffee@KYUK featuring Margret Hannah from LKSD, and Theresa Quiner from the Kuskokwim Consortium Library.

Making A Medicine Bag In A Pandemic

Jul 6, 2020
Kasigluk artist Golga Oscar wears regalia he designed and created, including a seal skin medicine bag he made this spring while in quarantine.
Golga Oscar

An artist from Kasigluk has used his time during the pandemic to make a medicine bag.

Golga Oscar was attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the coronavirus pandemic forced him to come home to the village and finish his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree remotely. He also started making a sealskin medicine bag, among other works of art.

City of Bethel

Bethel’s Fourth of July Parade, themed "United We Stand," will go to great lengths this year to protect people from crowding and the potential spread of coronavirus. The event will be an extended motorized tour of almost every neighborhood in town, stretching from Tundra Ridge to Blueberry Subdivision.

A Poem For Juneteenth

Jun 22, 2020
Alice Rose Crow-Maar'aq

June 19 commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865. Listen to this poem by Alice Rose Crow - Maar'aq in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

Community members marched from the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center to Watson's Corner and back in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Picture taken in Bethel, Alaska on June 2, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Following two Black Lives Matter protests in Bethel, KYUK held a community round table to hear from some of the people involved. A diverse panel shared personal stories on understanding and discussing racial identity and equity. Community members selected the participants and discussion topics.

Courtesy of Aassanaaq Kairaiuak

Gabby Hiestand-Salgado, a Jesuit Volunteer working at KYUK, came up with the idea of making a film of people dancing to the same Yup’ik song from wherever they were hunkering down during the pandemic. The two Blanchett brothers, Phillip and Steven, and their band, Pamyua, were quick to help.

Virus Doesn’t Stop Yup’ik Dancing

May 8, 2020
Pamyua and KYUK

Cama-i, the annual Alaska Native festival that brings dance groups and Elders into Bethel, was canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 did not stop the community from dancing.

Patrick Williams

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, KYUK is airing original poems by Bethel Regional High School students. The students wrote and recorded the poems as part of a poetry class this semester. Many of the pieces reflect the students’ experiences navigating the coronavirus pandemic.