Yesterday, two Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta women were inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Mary Ciuniq Pete was nominated because of her leadership in subsistence and education. Beverly Hoffman got the honor because of her work in the community and the long campaign she waged to get a fitness center built in Bethel. Many people from the hub community fished from boats in the Kuskokwim River, but did not know how to swim. They’ve been learning, because the fitness center that Hoffman helped get built has a swimming pool.
KYUK proudly took home seven awards during the annual Alaska Press Club Conference last week. Among KYUK’s accolades, former reporter Teresa Cotsirilos earned an honorable mention in the prestigious all media Public Service Award for her series about the daily struggles of a village police officer in Mountain Village.
The climax of the Cama-i Dance Festival falls in the middle of the event. All the drummers from the dance groups come together, circle the audience, and bang their drums as one. The ritual is called the Heart of the Drums and is led by festival emcee Peter Atchak. Atchak calls this moment his "favorite part of Cama-i." Hear an audio postcard of this moment.
On Thursday evening, you can turn on the television and see a piece of Bethel. The story of Tim and Lisa Meyers' organic farm is part of a new national television series debuting Thursday on the History Channel.
At the last minute, Chefornak dancers canceled their appearance at last year’s Cama-i Dance Festival when Tribal Council President and drummer Walter Lewis died suddenly in a snowmachine accident. This year, Cama-i dedicated the gathering to Lewis’ memory.