Arts & Culture

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Katie Basile/KYUK

John Active was a revered Yup’ik storyteller, translator, and KYUK-radio host. At his 40-day feast on Friday, the people who loved him took a moment to remember him as a friend. At least 100 community members filed into Bethel’s ONC building on Friday to eat akutaq, commemorate John’s life, and say goodbye.


It’s been over a month since our friend, the Yup’ik storyteller, translator, and long-time KYUK radio host, Aqumgaciq John Active died. We miss him and talk about him often. It’s comforting to still hear his voice on the radio announcing “Yup’ik Word Of The Week,” a project that continues his long legacy of working to "Yup-ify the world."

Mural Artist Inspired By Her Yup'ik Heritage And Rural Alaska

Jun 21, 2018
Artist Apayo Moore says she finds her best inspiration in rural Alaska.
Courtesy of Apayo Moore

There’s a new surprise at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center and no, it’s not a new treadmill. It’s a mural spreading across 80 feet of wall, high up near the entrance of the gym. And the scene is a familiar one for anyone who lives in Bethel: people on the tundra picking berries under a bright blue sky. The artist, Apayo Moore, lives off the grid in Aleknagik and spoke to KYUK about what inspires her. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The late Alaska Native journalist, storyteller, and cross-cultural communicator John Active said a number of times to his KYUK co-workers that he was going to "Yup'ify the world."














Annual LKSD Summer Academies Show Off Student Filmmaking Skills

Jun 11, 2018
This year, the film academy focused on documentary story-telling. Students focused on climate change, the plastic bag ban in Bethel and the summer academies as film topics.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As part of a two week workshop, 12 students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District showed off their filmmaking skills last week to a crowd at Bethel Regional High School. 

A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK


On Thursday, June 7, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta gathered to honor and lay to rest Alaska’s own beloved legendary broadcaster and storyteller, John Active.



A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active died on June 4, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK


The funeral for John Active will be held today at the Bethel Moravian Church. A beloved broadcaster and storyteller in the Y-K Delta, Active’s service will begin at 2 p.m. From your KYUK family, we love you and miss you John.



A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active has retired from KYUK.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Monday, June 4, 2018 6:40 p.m. This story has been updated with more details about John's life since it was first published.

It’s a sad day at KYUK. Our friend, Yup’ik storyteller, culture bearer, translator, and longtime KYUK radio and TV host John "Aqumgaciq” Active died this Monday morning at age 69. John is irreplaceable. His broadcasting career at KYUK began in the early 1970s, and he is celebrated as a pioneer in Native media for his work spreading and preserving the Yup’ik language and culture.

Radio Fills With Love For Elder And Storyteller John Active

May 25, 2018
KYUK hosted a special call-in show on May 24, 2018 for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to say quyana and celebrate the contributions of Yup'ik storyteller and former KYUK staff member John Active.
Katie Basile / KYUK

John Active, Yup’ik story-teller and long-time KYUK personality, is in the hospital. For decades, John connected KYUK to the Delta community. This week, KYUK used the airwaves to connect this huge community to John’s hospital bed in Anchorage. The result was radio filled with love and prayers for his health. Some were old co-workers, like Peter Twitchell and Peter Atchak. Twitchell reminded John of the old days when they produced a play on KYUK called “Old Man, Young Man.” John played the old man and Peter the young man.

Art Touching Life

May 14, 2018

Sometimes the line between life and art disappears, which is what happened Friday during a reception for artists awarded funds by The Rasmuson Foundation. Among the artists were three with ties to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.