Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 27, 2001 - Issue 28



Joanne Shenandoah


Information and photos provided by Joanne Shenandoah

Oneida Nation member Joanne Shenandoah has been nominated for the first ever Native GRAMMY award.

Ms. Shenandoah is one of five finalists for the award, the highest honor bestowed upon musicians by the National Academy for the Recording Arts. The presentations of the GRAMMYS will take place February 21 in Los Angeles, California.

Shenandoah has been widely praised for her recordings and on stage performances which range from Woodstock `94 to the White House. She has 10 albums to her credit including "Peacemaker's Journey" the CD cited for the GRAMMY nomination.

Peacemaker's Journey tells the story of the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy in a series of 12 songs, all written by Ms. Shenandoah and sung in the Oneida language.

Shenandoah is a multiple Native American Music Awards winner, securing top honors as female musician of the year in 1998 and 1999 while receiving other NAMMY trophies for Best Children's Recording and the 2000 award for Best Musical Video.

Among her many other citations are three Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) for National Record of the Year and Best Acoustic Act.

In 1999 Shenandoah was given the Eagle Spirit Award by the American Indian Film Institute for her contributions to the Native arts.

Shenandoah has also released the award winning film "Warrior in Two Worlds" which tells the story of the life and times of Gen. Ely S. Parker, the Seneca chief and Civil War military leader. The film has been broadcast on PBS throughout the United States to great acclaim.

She was also the featured composer for the film "The Circle of Women" which had its New York City world premiere last September and is currently working on an orchestral score for the book "Skywoman" co-written with her husband Doug George-Kanentiio of Akwesasne.

More information can be obtained about Joanne Shenandoah, cited as North America's most honored aboriginal performer, through her web site:

Joanne Shenandoah




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