Yup'ik engineers team up to build groundbreaking Yugtun technology

Apr 22, 2021

Two Yup'ik engineers are trying to push the Yugtun language into the future, using technology. Their latest project opens the door for Yugtun autocorrect, grammar checkers, and automatic subtitles on Yup'ik videos. 

Yup'ik Elders revive traditional baby parka

Nov 7, 2019

Sewing atasuaq, traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill until a Yup’ik Elder helped revive it. And the result? An atasuaq, sewed with bird skin, from the coastal village of Toksook Bay.

Through language, Yup’ik teacher passes on a way of life

May 10, 2019

On a warm, sunny day in the village of Tuntutuliak, a group of children run around each other on a boardwalk outside of the bright blue building that houses the village’s K-12 school.

Their shouting is a blend of Yugtun and English.

That blend of languages is mirrored inside the school. Small, flippable signs hang on the outside of each classroom door. They designate the language of the day. Some days it is English. Others it’s Yugtun.

In Alice Fitka’s class, it’s always Yugtun.

Yup’ik literacy reaches new heights in spelling bee

Apr 15, 2019

This weekend, the longest battle in its short history took place at the Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage.

Before it even began, the spelling bee looked like it might take a while, because there were more contestants than ever in the Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners. But no one thought it would take four hours to narrow the field down to the winners. The 18 contestants began at 11 a.m.  Saturday, and it was after 3 p.m. when the winners were announced.

Regalia, stories abound at Cama-i dance festival

Apr 9, 2019

On the Yukon-Kuskowkwim Delta, Yup’ik dance has undergone a renaissance. Everything that goes along with it, from intricate beading, headdresses to mukluks, dance fans to masks, has a story.

At the 8th annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, Byron Nicholai, of Toksook Bay, sang while Brian Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribe, led an honoring ceremony. He [and Chief Many Hearts, Marilynn Malerba Mohegan, of Connecticut] placed a custom woven Pendleton blanket [designed by Musqueam Coast Salish artist Susan Point of Canada] on President Obama.

August 19, 2016

By Molly Dischner, KDLG - Dillingham

When Alaskans went to the polls this week, some had new options for language assistance. Expanded help for Yup’ik, Gwich’in and Inupiaq speakers was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state in 2013. A team of state elections officials and those involved in the lawsuit traveled to three Bristol Bay communities to see how the provisions worked out on primary day.


Legislation restricts who can teach sexual education, and postpone standardized testing for two years.

State struggles to translate ballots into six dialects of Yup'ik language, and Gwitchin Athabascan, as KSKA's Anne Hillman reports.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.