|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
Pamyua (// BUM-yoh-ə) (literally: "it's tail" in Yup'ik from pamyuq "tail of animal or kayak; chorus of song; upper stern-piece of kayak") is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska.
Pamyua's music is self-described as "tribal funk" and "world music". Most of their songs are based on traditional Yupik, Inuit and Greenlandic chants, but the group is well known for reinterpreting them in modern styles, such as the song "Cayauqa Nauwa", which has been performed a cappella (mengluni, 1998) and with Pacific Islander influences (Caught in the Act, 2003), as well as traditionally (Drums of the North, 2005).
Pamyua has toured across the United States and the world, performing at many world music festivals. In 2003, Pamyua won the Record of the Year Nammy for their album Caught in the Act. They opened the celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian.[dead link] The National Museum of the American Indian also released a compilation recording featuring the music of Pamyua.
- Stephen Blanchett, Yupik and African American heritage
- Phillip Blanchett, Yupik and African American heritage
- Karina Møller, Greenlandic Inuit heritage
- Ossie Kairaiuak,Yupik heritage