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'Tribal Funk' group returns to Kenai

Show proceeds to benefit Kenaitze Indian Tribe Yaghenen youth programs

Posted: January 22, 2014 - 9:28pm  |  Updated: January 23, 2014 - 9:27am

An Anchorage-based tribal world music band is performing Saturday as a fundraiser for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Yaghanen Youth Programs.

Pamyua, pronounced “bum-yo-ah,” identifies itself as a “Tribal Funk” band and will bring their collection of Inuit drum songs and world music arrangements to the Kenai Peninsula at 7:30 p.m. at Kenai Central High School.

Pamyua is an Inuit word meaning “to request an encore of a drum song or dance.” As a noun the word means “the tail of an animal, object or idea,” according to a media release from the band.

The group entertains with a fusion of traditional Inuit music and Yup’ik dance performance according to their website.

The group also won Record of the Year at the 2003 Native American Music Awards.

Tickets to the concert are $10 for general admission and will be available at the door.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the tribe’s youth programs which encourage academic achievement, life skills and respect for people and cultures, according to a tribal media release.

More information about the tribe’s programs can be found at

For more information about the band visit


Rashah McChesney can be reached at

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