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Pamyua (/ˈbʌmj.ə/ BUM-yoh-ə) (literally: "its 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.[1] They opened the celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian.[2] The National Museum of the American Indian also released a compilation recording featuring the music of Pamyua.[3]

Pamyua has provided background music for Flying Wild Alaska.[4]



Phillip Blanchett in August 2014. He was participating in the highland games in Sitka and is shown celebrating a successful caber toss.
  • Stephen Blanchett, Yupik and African American heritage
  • Phillip Blanchett, Yupik and African American heritage
  • Ossie Kairaiuak,Yupik heritage
  • Karina Møller, Greenlandic Inuit heritage


  1. ^ Devine, Bob; Michael Melford (2009). National Geographic Traveler Alaska (2 ed.). National Geographic Books. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-4262-0386-2. 
  2. ^ Anchorage Daily News[dead link]
  3. ^ NMIA
  4. ^ Flying Wild Alaska trailing credits, season three, episode four

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