Joanne Shenandoah

2022 – Entertainment

Joanne Shenandoah, Oneida, is being honored post-humously. She was a dynamic multi-talented singer, composer, instrumentalist, author and actress who was known as “Native America’s musical matriarch.”  Through her work, Shenandoah brought her culture to the mainstream U.S. audience, performing in both English and her native language and mixing styles including folk, pop, and New Age with her traditional arrangements. She won a record-setting 14 Native American Music Awards, as well as winning a Grammy Award for her tracks on the 2005 album “Sacred Ground: A Tribute to Mother Earth.”  Shenandoah received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Native American Music Awards and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Syracuse Area Music Awards