Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

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.

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.