Published on April 9, 2012 by Amy
Joanne Shenandoah is an Iroquois singer, composer and acoustic guitarist. She is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Her music is a combination of traditional songs and melodies with a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. She has recorded more than 15 albums and won a multitude of awards, and given an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Syracuse University. She was awarded a Grammy Award for her part in the album “Sacred Ground”.
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Shenandoah is the daughter of the late Maisie Shenandoah, Wolf Clanmother of the Oneida Nation, and the late Clifford Shenandoah, an Onondaga Nation chief. She is the direct descendent of John Skenando (Skenandoa, Shenandoah) after whom the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia is named. A compatriot of George Washington, Shenandoah played a key role in rallying some Iroquois to support the rebels during the American Revolution. John Shenandoah was the co-founder of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy which later became Hamilton College.
Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D, is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. She is a Grammy Award winner, with over 40 music awards (including a record13 Native American Music awards). She has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, with praise for her work to promote universal peace. She is a board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Traditional Knowledge www.hiawatha.syr.edu. Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, 3 Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, The NMAI-Smithsonian, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions,(Africa, Spain and Australia) and Woodstock ‘94.
“Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest tributes to Native American Music and Culture” Neil Young
Shenandoah is a Grammy Award Winner with 15 CD’s. She has received more Native American Music Awards (13 to date) than any other Native Artist. She has also received numerous Indie Awards and Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) and was presented with the Rigoberto Menchu – Highest award by the Native Film Festival in Montreal, Canada for her soundtrack in the documentary “Our Land Our Life”.
She is married to Doug George-Kanentiio, a Co-Founder of the Native American Journalists Association