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.
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.
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. Read more →
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. 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.
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.
An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.
The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.
In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River. Read more →
The Nunalleq archeological dig near Quinhagak in August, 2014. Photo by Charles Enoch
An archaeological dig near Quinhagak, in Southwest Alaska, contributed the largest set of genetic samples for a groundbreaking DNA study of Arctic indigenous people released this summer. The study answers longstanding questions about migrations of the ancient Alaska Native people, on the state’s west coast and the local people hope to learn even more about their own ancestors.