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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. 

John Active Honored For His Service On US Senate Floor

Apr 13, 2018
Yup'ik elder and storyteller John Active was honored on the U.S. Senate floor on April 12, 2018.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Alaska U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan honored the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s very own John Active on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon.

John Active Retires From KYUK

Apr 6, 2018
A vital voice of KYUK's programming, John Active has retired from KYUK.
Katie Basile / KYUK


John Active, the legendary Yup’ik storyteller and host of Ketvarrluku and Talkline, has retired from KYUK.  



Fur Parka Fashion Show At Cama-i

Mar 21, 2018
Alice Carol in a parka handmade by her aunt, Saima Chase.
Amara Freeman / KYUK

It’s the second year in a row that the Cama-i Dance Festival has brought back the Fur Parka Fashion Show, which was not held since the early 2000s.




BRHS Westling Team Wows At Cama-i Dance Festival

Mar 20, 2018
The Piniiq Dancers, a troupe founded by BRHS' wrestling team, performed at the Cama-i Dance Festival for the first time on March 17, 2018.
Aleina Tanabe/KYUK

Students from throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta danced at the Cama-i Dance Festival last weekend, including Bethel Regional High School’s very own wrestling team. They call themselves the Piniiq Dancers, and performing at Cama-i was one of their longtime goals.

Performing at the Cama-i Dance Festival 2018, the younger generation of Kasigluk dancers continue the village’s yuarq tradition. Picture taken March 16, 2018 at the 2018 Cama-i Dance Festival on March 16, 2018 in Bethel, Alaska.
Amara Freeman / KYUK

The 2018 Cama-i Dance Festival was dedicated to six elders from the tundra village of Kasigluk. The elders revived Yup’ik dance in the village and serve as the foundation of the community’s dance tradition today. The community is working to never need a revival again.

Photos: Cama-i 2018

Mar 19, 2018
Aleina Tanabe / KYUK

Didn't get a chance to see all of the wonderful performances during Cama-i 2018? Performers from near and far dazzled audiences all weekend long! Here are some photos showcasing the event. 

Check out photos taken by LKSD Multimedia Journalism students Roselyn Evan and Amara Freeman:

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Bethel Regional High School in classrooms C-22 and C-23, a men's and women's house qasgiq will be hosted by First Alaskans Institute, with Torin Jacobs [left] hosting the men's house and Andrea Sand
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


For the first time ever, this year's Cama-i Dance Festival will have traditional Yup'ik talking and healing circles for men and women on opening day. KYUK’s Christine Trudeau reports that the space will be ready tonight at Bethel Regional High School at 6 p.m.