Arts & Culture

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The 2017 Cama-i Festival Takes Shape

Dec 1, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

The 2017 Cama-i festival, while still in the early planning stages, is taking shape.

Bethel Council on the Arts, the sponsor of the festival, has decided on a theme for this year's gathering: it will be "In This Time of Joy," or Nunaniryuum Nallii in Yup'ik.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

You may not have heard, but KYUK has added a new service to its Yup'ik News programming. The Bethel public radio station is now airing news from around the world in Yup’ik. Their targeted audience includes elders, and people in the region who have Yup’ik as their primary language.


Mike McIntyre

Yup’ik rap has hit Facebook, and people are loving it. A local rap video posted last week has been viewed more than 59 thousand times and stars Byron Nicholai, the Toksook Bay teenager who’s made himself a household name in the Delta with his Yup’ik singing and dancing videos. Mike McIntyre produced the track and talks with KYUK about exploring a new genre and why Yup’ik raps so well. The song "Tuallu", which translates to "Ready!" in English, is the first single on the pair’s second album. 

Maddie Winchester / KNOM

Today on Delta Affairs Weekly, we're bringing you something different. We’re airing a show produced by KNOM in Nome. Maddie Winchester of KNOM traveled to Bethel in April for the Cama-i Dance Festival where she met Bethel teenager and dancer Mike Bialy. Mike's story is part of KNOM's monthly series Story49.

The Doll Maker: Ursula Paniyak Passes Away

Aug 19, 2016
Jaderiene Paniyak

Ursula Paniyak, renowned doll maker from Chevak, passed away last month after a battle with lung cancer. She leaves behind a brother, sisters, grandchildren, and hundreds of intricate, handmade dolls. 

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Over half the Alaskan diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church gathered in Bethel this weekend.  This is the first time Bethel has hosted the region's annual conference. KYUK attended the ceremony and spoke with Bishop David Mahaffey about the church's place in the community, both historically and contemporarily. 

Jeffry / Flickr Creative Commons

Bethel will celebrate its annual Fourth of July festival Monday. KYUK talked with the festival’s coordinator Roxanne Girdlestone about what’s to come.

Rasmuson Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation honored Hooper Bay artist Steven Stone Sr. with an Individual Artist Award. Stone was one of 35 artists selected out of a record 400 applicants.

(Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School.
Max Dan

Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question.