Manataka American Indian Council

Proudly Presents



Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Joanne Shenandoah,


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 record 13 Native American Music awards) and 17 recordings. 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 Indigenous Knowledge

Joanne and her daughter Leah recorded on the title track “Path to Zero” with Jim Morrison which also included artists, Sting/Bono, Sinead O’Conner, Robert Downey Jr., and others.

Shenandoah recently performed for His Holiness the Dali Lama and at St. Peter’s at the Vatican in Italy where she performed an original composition for the celebration for the canonization of the first Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha both in October 2012. Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, 5 Presidential Inaugurations, The Vatican - St. Peter's Basillica, Madison Square Garden, Bethlehem Fine Arts Center, Palestine, 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.


“She has become one of the most acclaimed recording artists of her time.” Associated Press

Shenandoah has now recorded 16 CD’s and performed with scores of musicians
Her music is a blend of contemporary folk and traditional music with audiences from babies to grandparents. She has recorded in her Iroquois tongue as well as performed with full symphony on PBS both with the New Mexico Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony.

She has also narrated films and has the flexibility to write and perform folk, pop country and new age music.

Her ancestrally inspired music and her original compositions have been used in many soundtracks to include HBO, PBS, Larry King, CBS, Northern Exposure, Bose Systems, The Discovery Channel and TransAmerica plus many documentaries. Shenandoah, as an actress plays a major role in The Last Winter, a thriller Indie on global warming starring Ron Perlman available on DVD everywhere. She also played a key role in Discovery’s First Nations film

Shenandoah has also collaborated and or performed with Pete Seeger, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Rita Coolidge and scores of other renowned musicians. Some of Shenandoah’s missions have included recording “At Last” with the YMCA for a project to help students buy instruments who couldn’t otherwise have the means to do so.

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“Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest tributes to Native American Music and Culture “ Neil Young”

"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," - Robbie Robertson