Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.

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Unalaska will soon be home to a community banya, or steam bath. The banya is part of a cultural build project involving the Qawalangin Tribe, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA), the Aleut Foundation, and California carpenter and professional iqyax̂ (Aleutian sea kayak) builder Marc Daniels.

Tribe employees involved in the build said they are unsure of when the community will be able to use the banya, or who will have access to it, but eventually, the steam bath will be a communal space for people to share stories, advice, and healing.

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, life has been even more unpredictable than it normally is on a remote Aleutian island. Daily routines from going to school to trips to the grocery store have been disrupted, and here at KUCB, we understand how challenging that has been. We are honored that the community has stood by us during these unprecedented times as we worked to bring you novel and unique forms of entertainment and news.

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Every year books are challenged in libraries, bookstores, and schools by people who want to remove or restrict access to certain material. And in 1982, in response to these challenges and as a means to draw attention to the harms of censorship, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), along with the National Association of College Stores launched the first Banned Books Week.

Courtesy of Mariza Tovar


People have been practicing tarot for centuries, looking to the cards for guidance and reflection. 

And today, you can find any number of themed tarot decks, from cat tarot, to Star Trek tarot, to tiny tarot and tarot for kids. 

But local Mariza Tovar is putting together a tarot deck filled with humpback whales, grizzly bears, red-faced cormorants, and sea kelp—a deck uniquely Alaskan.

Courtesy of Danielle Whittern


Unalaskans hit the ground running, headed for the creeks and bays earlier this month when the island's annual Silver Salmon Derby began. The Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's event ended Sept. 14 and several prizes were awarded through daily drawings and given to participants who submitted the largest fish overall.