Students from Portsmouth School were treated to a special demonstration by the musical group Pamyua on Nov. 1, 2022.
Pamyua is a musical group from Alaska that showcases Inuit culture through music and dance performance. This show is a platform to share indigenous knowledge and history in a musical style that derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation.
The group first performed for students at Portsmouth Elementary and then again for students at Portsmouth High School. The performance was arranged by Dr. Stan Workman and Emily Crandall.
“I think it’s great to expose our students to other cultures, types of music, types of entertainment. I think they’ll love it,” said Portsmouth Elementary Principal Beth Born.
Often described as Inuit soul music, the members of Pamyua take great pride in the opportunity to represent Inuit indigenous culture and believe that unity is possible through music and dance, interpreting masterfully with joy and sincerity. Pamyua’s message has been met with tremendous positivity, and the group stands as a symbol of pride, not only for Alaska’s indigenous people but for all who see and hear them perform.
The group said this was only the second time they have performed in Ohio, and the first time they have performed for a school. During their demonstration, they taught the students about their culture through song and dance, and invited students to dance along with them.