Manataka American Indian Council





Indigenous Music Feature

April 2010




Joanne Shenandoah - Greatness in Blossom



GRAMMY award winner and 12-time Native American Music Award winning artist;  and Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Joanne Shenandoah has fulfilled the promise of her Native American name, Tehaliwah-kwa, (She sings). 


Since emerging as an artist in 1990, she has performed at such high-profile gigs at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Kennedy Center, Earth Day on the Mall, Woodstock '94, and the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in South Africa and the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, Instanbull, Hwa Eorn Temple, South Korea and thousands of venues in the United States.


According to the Associated Press, "She's become one of the most acclaimed Native American recording artists of her time."


"She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter's night," said Robbie Robertson, formerly of the Band, who used her voice on his solo album Contact From the Underworld of Redboy.  Shenandoah has also collaborated and or performed with Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Brian Kirkpatrick, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge and scores of others.


Over time Shenandoah's been able to channel her love of pop, folk and classical into her ancestrally inspired music and her music has been used in many soundtracks to include HBO, PBS, Northern Exposure, Bose Systems, The Discovery Channel, and TRANSAMERICA to name a few.


Shenandoah, as an actress plays a major role in The Last Winter, a  thriller film on global warming starring Ron Perlman available on May 20 at Blockbusters everywhere.


Shenandoah has appeared on stage
Shenandoah has appeared on stage, performed with and/or recorded with the following artists:
Paul Angerosa Arlo Guthrie Jo Dee Massina Keith Secola
David Amram Gulda Dave Mathews Pete Seeger
Joan Baez Emmy Lou Harris Marc McCoin Leah & Diane Shenandoah
Jeff Beck Mickey Hart Lenny Milano Bruce Springsteen
Tom Bee Richie Havens Bill Miller Buffy St. Marie
Chuck Berry Stuart Heizman Roland Vargus Mousaa Wes Studi
Jackson Brown Charlie Hill R. Carlos Nakai Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Michael Bucher Erik Hokkanen Willie Nelson Tagag
Ray Charles Tony Hymas Wayne Newton Frank Talarico  
Bruce Cockburn Tom Jackson New Mexico Symphony Timbuk Three
Judy Collins Waylon Jennings Odetta Randy Travis
Rita Coolidge John Kay A. Paul Ortega John Trudell
Cremo Kris Kristopherson Jim Pepper Ulali
John Denver David Lindley Gerhard Rebmann Tom Wasinger
Crystal Gayle Litefoot Redbone Floyd Westerman
Jack Gladstone Kevin Locke Buddy Red Bow Paul Winter
Christopher Grenner Chuck Mangione Robbie Robertson Neil Young
    Seal Mary Younglbood  


- Peace & Power; "Shenandoah actually has a deeper, more powerful voice than the Irish thrush....Enya”  John Diliberto/


- Cowboys and Indians Magazine;  “...rarely has inspiration ranged so far, or so consciously, as it does with singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah. The award winning musician is known for stylistic versatility -- although she sticks close to folk rock this time out -- but every one of her dozen albums shows consistent vision... Even when Shenandoah sings of violence and conflict, Eagle Cries retains its message of peace.”


- Manataka Smoke Signal News;  "Shenandoah's voice is a treasured gift that brings peace and harmony to our soul.  Her voice is angelic that brings us great joy and closer to the Great Mystery.  Her work helping others is a mark of true humility and greatness." - Lee Standing Bear Moore / Manataka








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