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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.

 

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.

"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. 

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.


Alaska celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday and first peoples in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta joined in the celebrations along with tribal communities across the state.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Alaska celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday and first peoples in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta joined in the celebrations along with tribal communities across the state. KYUK has this story from the Kuskokwim University Campus Indigenous Peoples' Day gathering.

 

 


Tonight at the Bethel Cultural Center, a celebration of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s first peoples is taking place.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The second Monday in October is Alaska’s first official Indigenous Peoples' Day, once celebrated as Columbus Day. The Bethel Cultural Center will be celebrating the first peoples of the YK Delta at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9. The Kuskokwim Campus, along with all University of Alaska Fairbanks rural campuses, have planned a day packed with activities.

 

Dean Swope / KYUK

On Sunday, Bethel said farewell to Father Chuck Peterson. The Jesuit Catholic priest began serving in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in the 1970s, and spent decades building the local, indigenous leadership of the church. Following a series of health issues, including an incident of severe bleeding outside his brain, the church is transferring Father Chuck to California. The priest sat down with KYUK before he left.

Tom McCallson and Shana Silcott are flying to the US Virgin Islands tomorrow, to help as many people as they can.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Until a few weeks ago, Shana Silcott had talked to her mother every day of her life. Shana grew up on St. Croix, the largest hub in the Virgin Islands’ green archipelago. And when she moved to the mainland a few years ago, her mother was worried.


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