Native American Music Award-Winning Group, “Pamyua,” Performs at Local College

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006


  Photo provided by Pamyua

Photo provided by Pamyua

Kenai Peninsula College hosted the musical group, Pamyua, as a Showcase event in celebration of the Arctic Winter Games on Saturday. This was the group’s first performance on the Peninsula.

At the 45th Annual Grammy Awards in March of 2003 the group was chosen to represent Native American music while their third album, “Caught in the Act,” won Record of the Year at the 2003 Native American Music Awards.

Pamyua, which means “encore” in Yup’ik, creates music that is a mix of Inuit and African rhythms. The group was founded in Alaska 10 years ago by brothers Stephen and Phillip Blanchett, who are of Yup’ik Inuit and African American decent, as a way to share the stories of their ancient cultures. Together with Ossie Kairaiuak, an Alaska Native who grew up in Chefornak performing in a traditional Native dance troupe, the group formed as a trio. Kararina Moller, a Greenlandic Inuit singer, joined the group in 1996. The quartet has since performed across the United States and in Europe, Asia and South America as ambassadors of modern Yup’ik culture.

Their latest CD, “Drums of the North,” was released in 2005.

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