Honoring Film Legend: Ray Mala

By Phillip Blanchett

Fresh from the John Baker’s historic Iditarod win, Pamyua is proud to honor yet another Inuit pioneer.

Tonight is the kickoff for best-selling author Lael Morgan’s new book, Eskimo Star – From the Tundra to Tinseltown: The Ray Mala Story.

Pamyua will perform their original song Rise Up as a special request from Ray Mala’s grandson Ted Mala Jr. Ted has coordinated this impressive tour that features Morgan’s book, as well as screenings of his grandfathers films: Igloo, The last of the Pagans, Red Snow and Eskimo.  This book tour/Mala film festival begins tonight in Anchorage and will travel to bush communities throughout Alaska.

 Tonight’s event begins at 6pm at the Anchorage Museum. The voice of Disney’s Pocahontas Irene Bedard will also be in attendance to speak about the value of film achievements for indigenous actors and filmmakers.

 Pamyua’s debut music video Unugaanga will screen before Mala’s films throughout the tour. The Anchorage screenings begin tomorrow at the Bear Tooth Theater.

 This is Pamyua’s second book launch performance. Earlier this year Phillip and Stephen sang to welcome their Bethel buddy Don Rearden’s debut novel The Raven’s Gift. Torin Jacobs, aka River Flows (also from Bethel) will DJ tonight’s museum event. See you tonight on the red carpet!

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