'All As One': New YKHC Art Illustrates Yup'ik Values

Story by: By KRYSTI SHALLENBERGER, ALASKA’S ENERGY DESK FEB 4, 2020


When you walk into the new hospital building that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation built in Bethel, the first thing you’ll see is art that depicts the Yup’ik way of life. One of those pieces of art covers one wall just above a line of chairs in one of YKHC’s waiting areas.


"It’s called Atauciugukut, which means 'all as one.' It’s 11 feet long and 4 feet high," said Astaq John Oscar, the artist. 


Oscar painted a scene that carries all the variations of landscapes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. There’s the flat tundra, with dancers Yuraq or dancing in the traditional Yup’ik way. Behind them are hills, inspired by those on Nelson Island where Oscar's home of Tununak is located. The Yukon River and Kuskokwim River weave out to meet in front, with the delta in between them. Some of the dancers wear small wooden masks; Oscar says that he crafted the eyes a special way. LICK HERE for Full Story @ KYUK.org

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