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Joanne Shenandoah

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Joanne Shenandoah, is Native America’s most celebrated musicians and lecturer. She carries beauty in her soul and voice but also through her interactions with diverse communities around the world. She provides strength and passion for the people that is found in the likes of iconic philosophers and wisdom-keepers. Holding a Grammy and 40 plus music awards, plus an Emmy nomination, she is an Ambassador of peace, human and earth rights, capturing the hearts of audiences all over the world. Her philanthropic efforts have included works with organizations for earth and human rights specifically women and children. In addition, she is a founding member of the Hiawatha Institute for Traditional Knowledge a non-profit educational organization who’s aim is to provide all with ancient knowledge of her ancestors.


Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press. She is a Grammy Award winner with 3 Nominations), an Emmy nominee, with over 40 music awards (including 14 Native American Music awards – Hall of Fame Inductee) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 23 recordings. She is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth and human rights speaker for justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia.
She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding. She is a direct descendent of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy).
On January 21, 2017 Founder, Mitchell Bush presents to Joanne Shenandoah:
“The American Indian Society of Washington, DC presents its most prestigious award to a Native American whose life’s work has led to the improvement and empowerment of Native Americans through social, political, legal, environmental or educational initiatives.
Shenandoah is a founding board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge, a non-profit higher learning educational facility that is based on Iroquois principles. Also in 2014 she served as Co-Chair for the Attorney General’s National Task Force of Children Exposed to Violence for the Department of Justice.
Shenandoah has performed for noted leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Huston Smith, Mikhail Gorbachev, and is celebrated with the honor of East - West Interfaith Ministry.
“A bridge for peace in and among all cultures and spiritual traditions.”
Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as St. Peter’s Basilica, The White House of the US, Carnegie Hall, 5 Presidential Inaugurations, The Vatican - St. Peter's Basilica for the canonization of the first Native American St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Madison Square Garden, Bethlehem Fine Arts Center, Palestine, Crystal Bridges Museum, Smithsonian museums, 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 attributes 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
“Tonight I have heard an angel!!” (Joanne Shenandoah) Miguel Ruiz –Author of the Four Agreements