Yupik

Album cover for Byron's album. Photo courtesy of Mike Mcintyre.

Album cover for Byron’s album. Photo courtesy of Mike Mcintyre.

A 17-year-old Toksook Bay teen, Byron Nicholai, released his first album last year, which was available through different digital outlets. Now fans can purchase a hard copy of the album.

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Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

Screenshot of the Alaska Airlines redesigned greeting page before it was changed. Photo by Blossom Twitchell.

After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase in their new marketing campaign. The phrase has sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives.

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(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, "Can I Borrow." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, “Can I Borrow.” (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Two men are using social media to celebrate Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture in the form of comedic videos.

Their Facebook page, “Can I Borrow,” has nearly 5,000 likes. Starting almost a year ago, it’s home to videos celebrating traditions and customs, with the goal of “healing through laughter.”

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Community discussion of the program in 2010.

Community discussion of the program in 2010.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Delta has a program that focuses specifically on sex offenders. Unlike any other program in the state, it combines both Western and Yup’ik ways of rehabilitation.

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The Y-K Delta Sex Offender Treatment program is in its seventh year, and has plans to keep going.
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Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Donlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Permitting for the proposed Donlin Gold mine, which will affect communities along the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is underway. An official draft of the statement examining the mine’s affects on the environment will be available at the end of November.

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The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.

The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.

At a site near the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak archaeologists are racing against time to uncover Yup’ik artifacts before the effects of climate change cause them to erode into the sea. The old village continues to reveal artifacts that give a glimpse into the daily lives of Yup’ik people hundreds of years ago.

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The crowning artifact found this season, says Rick Knecht, the lead archaeologist and a professor from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, is a mask half human, half walrus, in nearly perfect condition. It’s wrapped in several layers of plastic as Knecht keeps the mask damp and cool in a refrigerator at base camp.


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Newtok (2014) - Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

Newtok (2014) – Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK

A federal appeals panel has sided with the new leaders in a tribal power dispute that has complicated efforts to relocate a badly eroded village in western Alaska. Tom John, a tribal administrator with the new council, called Newtok Village Council, says he learned of the decision via email this morning and it’s a relief.
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A team from the Vatican brought images of masks to Alaska as they attempt to trace the history of the masks. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A team from the Vatican brought images of masks to Alaska as they attempt to trace the history of the masks. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A team from the Vatican was in Bethel this week trying to trace the origins of several traditional Yup’ik masks they received nearly a century ago. Museum experts are going through the Vatican’s vast collection and trying to find the people who can explain the art. Read more →

Cama-i 2015 celebrated the diversity of the YK Delta and world. Dean Swope /KYUK.

Cama-i 2015 celebrated the diversity of the YK Delta. Dean Swope /KYUK.

The Cama-i festival packed the Bethel Regional High School gym for a weekend of dancing, singing, and celebrating life in the YK Delta.

Traditional and modern dance groups from the YK Delta and native performers from across the country came to Bethel to express in song and dance this year’s timeless theme: Generations Celebrating Through Dance.

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Byron Nicholai will peform at Cama-i 2015. Photo courtesy of Byron Nicholai.

Byron Nicholai will peform at Cama-i 2015. Photo courtesy of Byron Nicholai.

Cama-i 2015 is right around the corner. This year the annual festival will take place in Bethel, April 17th through 19th. KYUK’s Daysha Eaton interviewed co-coordinator of Cama-i Dance Festival Linda Curda recently to get the details on this year’s festival.

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