Chuna McIntyre

Chuna McIntyre is a master artist, storyteller, and dancer who performs traditional Yup’ik dance and song accompanied by percussion on a hand drum.  Born in the village of Eek on the coast of the Behring Sea, McIntyre was raised there by his grandmother from whom he learned the dances, songs, and stories of his ancestors. He later founded and directed the renowned Nunamta (“of our land”) Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers troupe, which have traveled the world to allow Natives and non-Natives to experience Yup’ik culture. Chuna dances in his native costume and uses authentic artifacts and masks to illustrate the customs and stories of this ancient southwest Alaskan tribe.

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