Arts & Culture

Stories about the arts and culture.

Michelle DeWitt, surrounded by family and friends, received an Alaska YWCA Women of Achievement Award on November 8, 2017 at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts in Anchorage.
Courtesy of Michelle DeWitt

The Executive Director of the Bethel Community Services Foundation received a Woman of Achievement distinction at the Alaska YWCA annual awards ceremony last week. Nine other women also received awards. Each was honored for furthering YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Veterans Day; A Family Affair

Nov 9, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

In honor of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, we’re talking with veterans in our community about their military service. Elias Venes served in the Merchant Marines during World War II in the Pacific. His nephew, Joseph "Sonny" Venes served in the Marines in Vietnam. Here are their stories:

After giving kids a good fright, Bev Hoffman emerges from her hiding spot to give Trick or Treaters a hug.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The spookiest house in Bethel is may have held its final scare on Tuesday evening. For years, Bev Hoffman and John McDonald have transformed their cozy home into a haunted house for Halloween.

Lisa Demer, ADN Western Alaska correspondent, in April 2017 outside her Bethel home/office.
Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Dispatch News reporter Lisa Demer is really going to miss Bethel. After covering Western Alaska for three years, the paper has pulled Demer back to Anchorage following a large reduction in staff. Demer has become a friend to the region and hopes to continue covering the area.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Friday marks the end of an era at KYUK: the Geezer Rock era. After working with the radio station since its beginning in 1971, Peter Twitchell is signing off. For the last time, Peter’s music show “Geezer Rock” will broadcast live into homes across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta from 1 to 3 p.m.

Keggulluk Earl Polk, pictured here at the film screening in Bethel last month, is featured in "We Breathe Again," a documentary that follows four Alaska Natives on their path through the healing process.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Native communities across Alaska are seeking a key to understanding the epidemic of suicide. It was a prominent theme at the Elders and Youth Conference held prior to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage last week. "Part Land, Part Water – Always Native" was the theme, and much of the Conference focused on healing cultural trauma by reconnecting to traditional knowledge and values. One documentary takes viewers on a journey to finding that connection again.


Bethel Walks For Life And Suicide Prevention

Oct 23, 2017
he Walk For Life was an idea with roots in Gladys Jung Elementary School’s kindness campaign last year, when children were encouraged to be kind to each other.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A small crowd gathered at the Bethel library Saturday morning to fight suicide by celebrating life. The Walk For Life was an idea with roots in Gladys Jung Elementary School’s kindness campaign last year, when children were encouraged to be kind to each other.

Bethel Art Exhibit Explores Trauma And Resilience

Oct 20, 2017
"Marked" is one of several installations by Carmel Anderson that explore domestic violence.
Courtesy of Carmel Anderson.

Carmel Anderson stands in a dimly lit room in front of a translucent dress suspended from the ceiling on a thin wire.

Robert Nick, age 76, received the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Citizen of the Year Award in Anchorage on October 19, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Residents from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta held prominent positions on the opening day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. 

Kasigluk Singer Performs With Renowned Concert Pianist

Oct 13, 2017
Esther Hana performs at Bethel's Cultural Center.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Esther Hanviriyapunt - known by her stage name, Esther Hana - sat down at the Cultural Center's piano and warmed up for her Bethel debut. A renowned musician with a brisk, warm smile, she's performed in Zurich, Bangkok, and Chicago. And now, she’s played in Bethel too.

The concert was a benefit for the Bethel Family Clinic, and the brainchild of a clinic dentist who just wanted to help out a friend.