Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

Dean Swope / KYUK

As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, the Kuskokwim Consortium Library is working to bring legendary singer Dolly Parton’s book program for low-income kids to Bethel. 

Peter Moore: An AVCP Traditional Chief Remembered

Apr 21, 2020

Members of the Association of Village Council Presidents are mourning one of their own. Board members offered condolences to the family and extended family of Peter Moore, the organization’s Traditional Chief, longtime leader, and Elder in the region.  

Rashah McChesney / KYUK

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. The festival normally brings Indigenous dance groups from all around the country to Bethel during March.

Rashah McChesney / KYUK

The Cama’i Dance Festival in Bethel has been postponed until Fall 2020 out of concerns over the coronavirus. Dance groups from across the region, the state, and the lower 48 gather every year in Bethel to share dance, culture, tradition, and community.

Linda Curda is the coordinator for the festival. She said in an email that the decision came to protect the health of Elders, and because spring break is in full swing for many schools with teachers and families who are traveling. Many of them would return the weekend of the festival, and Curda didn’t want to place anyone in jeopardy should someone be carrying the virus.

Reyne Athanas inside her art classroom at University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus. Athanas will be inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame on April 28.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Last month, long-time Bethel educator, artist, and community organizer Reyne Athanas retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus. Next month, she will be inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall Of Fame. It’s a good time to look back on everything Athanas has done for the community, after which you may be asking, “What hasn’t she done?” 

Courtesy of John Oscar

When you walk into the new hospital building that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation built in Bethel, the first thing you’ll see is art that depicts the Yup’ik way of life. One of those pieces of art covers one wall just above a line of chairs in one of YKHC’s waiting areas. 

You can once again watch KYUK’s TV Channels. The channels 15.1 to 15.4 were restored to normal operation last night after a malfunctioning transmitter cut off the signal for several weeks. We appreciate your patience during the outage.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Russian Orthodox Church has begun its Slaviq celebrations in Bethel, when members and non-members go door-to-door singing and feasting to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The celebration lasts a week and combines Yup’ik and Orthodox Christian traditions.

The Bethel Fire Department will put on the annual fireworks show on Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. in front of the fire station. The New Year's Eve show was delayed due to high winds.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s New Years Fireworks were postponed on Tuesday and have been tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. in front of the Bethel Fire Station. The Bethel Fire Department delayed the original show due to high winds.

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Zachariah Hughes / APRN

We’re about to start a new year and a new decade in 2020. But before we move forward, we're looking back on the past year inthe Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta through KYUK’s top stories.