Joanne Shenandoah
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Joanne Shenandoah
Oneida Nation, Iroquois

Ten years ago, at a Seminole powwow in South Florida, I first heard Joanne Shenandoah sing, and was transfixed by the purity, clarity and beauty of her voice and music. Since then, she has become my favorite and most inspirational native american and folk singer.  She sings from her the heart of her people, the Iroquois, and touches the heart and soul of her audience.

from To Those Who Dream
on Loving Ways

Narration: While walking through life 
Many of us are guided by our dreams 
Aguego lona nasoah skalonyaday

For so long 
I dreamed a dream
Where the sweetgrass still grows
Where the wise ones still know
How to dream.

For so long
I dreamed a dream
Where the people 
Spoke their tongue
Where the elders
Still teach the young
I dreamed a dream.

For so long 
I dreamed a dream
Where the fighters 
Lay down their guns
Where the people 
Became as one
I dreamed a dream.

To those that dream 
I sing this song
Above and beyond
Beyond the sky they dream.
To those that dream
Above the stars
Wherever they are
Beyond the sky they dream.

Aguego lona nasoah skalonyaday.
Aguego lona nasoah skalonyaday.
Aguego lona nasoah skalonyaday.

Joanne Shenandoah (named also Takalihwakwha - She Sings) is a Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Her late father, Clifford Shenandoah, was the Onondaga chief, and her mother, Maisie, a respected Iroquois clanmother. Both encouraged her to pursue her interests of singing and playing instruments from an early age. 

While working in the computer field, Joanne rediscovered the music of her people in 1989, and began recording her many folk/ Iroquois albums, with numerous traditional songs, many sung in the Iroquois language. She was invited to perform at both Clinton Inaugurals, and since then has won many music awards including the 1997 "Native American Woman of Hope" award and the 1998 Native American Music Best Female Artist award. She has also created music for Northern Exposure and The Indian and the Cupboard, and was a feature singer opening Woodstock 1994. 

In May 1999, Joanne will be part of  a Native American music tour with R. Carlos Nakai and several other performers that will visit New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago,   Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver,  Los Angeles, and San Francisco. See Appearance Schedule.

Joanne and her husband, Doug George-Kanentiio,  have a nonprofit organization (Round Dance Productions) for the 
preservation of Iroquois culture. They also own the largest collection of Iroquois music recorded in the 1930s. 

Joanne encourages other creative people to follow their dreams. "Examine your own heritage. Write from your heart, and believe in yourself above all else....Use your talent to live in harmony with Creation....As musicians, we have the responsibility to enlighten as well as entertain. As Iroquois, we are all taught by our elders of our duties as custodians of the earth, to walk lightly upon her. We are also to consider the effects our personal and communal decisions will have on the seventh generation into the future. We are now the seventh generation, and it is our task to continue the customs which help to keep our culture intact. Music is an integral part of that. It heals the body, lifts the spirits, and brings minds together." 
from MoonDance Interview

Joanne Shenandoah
Joanne's Biography
Joanne Shenandoah (old web site)
Joanne Shenandoah: A Singing Spirit
MoonDance Interview (recommended!) 

Joanne's Recordings and Publications
J.S. at Silver Wave Records
J.S. at Four Winds Trading Company
J.S. at Canyon Records
J.S. Records at Canyon Records
Native American Songs
Matoska Music: Joanne Shenandoah Joanne Shenandoah
Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquois
Joanne Shenandoah: Tapes and Cds
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 Other Iroquois Music
UlalaliUlali Home Page
Six Nations Women Singers
The Singing Tuscaroras (mid-page) 
Lori Jonathan and other Tuscararos
Songs from the Iroquois Longhouse
Peacemaker's Drum
Ancient Chants of the Longhouse
Iroquois Social Dance Songs
Tuscararo Indian School Dancers
Index of Native American Music Resources

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