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A wooden doll covered in red ochre is pulled from an unearthed sod house near Quinhagak, Alaska. The dig site is called Nunalleq, which means "old village" in Yup’ik and dates back to 1540.
Katie Basile

Quinhagak took a big step to redraft its cultural narrative this month with the opening of the largest museum collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world, located off the coast of the Bering Sea. The village has been regaining pre-contact cultural knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of its Yup’ik heritage.  




Katie Basile / KYUK

This past Saturday, hundreds packed the Bethel Cultural Center for the second annual Taste of Bethel. KYUK was on the scene with 17 vendors representing over 14 countries and cultures' sweet and savory delights. Dishes included foods from Greece, Ireland, Israel, Austria, Hawaii, Mexico, Iran, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, and the Philippines. If you didn’t make it to the event you can still enjoy some of this year’s tastes of Bethel by purchasing the cookbook, available now through the Kuskokwim Art Guild.  



Nunalleq Culture And Archaeology Center Opens In Quinhagak

Aug 14, 2018
Warren Jones and Grace Hill of Qanirtuuq Incorporated cut the ribbon at the opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center in Quinhagak on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The center will hold 60,000 artifacts found at a site near Quinhagak.
Katie Basile/KYUK

On Saturday, a large crowd of elders, scholars, and artists gathered in Quinhagak to celebrate the opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center. Quinhagak’s new museum is home to 60,000 artifacts, the largest collection of pre-contact Yup’ik artifacts in the world. Its opening was the culmination of nine years of back-breaking work, and the result of a unique partnership between Quinhagak’s village corporation and archaeologists.

 Archeologist Rick Knecht (left) of the University of Aberdeen and Qanirtuuq Inc. CEO Warren Jones (right) for the Native Village of Quinhagak, Alaska has worked for the past decade on one of the first archeological & Indigenously community based dig site
Christine Trudeau

Festivities begin tomorrow in the village of Quinhagak for the opening of their long-awaited Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center, which will display the largest collection of Yup'ik artifacts in the world. According to the Quinhagak Archaeology Project Facebook page, festivities will kick off at noon with a potluck, followed by presentations and a song performed by the Quinhagak Dancers.

More than 60,000 artifacts arrived home in Quinhagak on July 31, 2018 after being preserved in Scotland. The artifacts were recovered from Nunalleq, an ancient village along the coast outside of Quinhagak.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The world’s largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts has finally returned home to Quinhagak on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast. After shipping delays in Europe, the Nunalleq artifacts have returned in time for the community’s museum opening next week.

At the dig site, PhD student Jonathan Lim takes a short break. Lim, who is from Malaysia, is one of many archeologists from around the world who worked in Nunalleq. Photo taken August 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The community of Quinhagak is currently awaiting the return shipment of 60,000 Yup’ik artifacts in time for its August 11 museum opening.  As the clock ticks to save fragile items unearthed by melting permafrost at the Nunalleq archaeological dig site in Quinhagak, community members and investigators hurriedly prepare to house the largest collection of Yup’ik artifacts in the world.

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."