"Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest tributes to Native American Music and Culture."
PROJECT PEACE ON EARTH
The plan to create the continent’s first Indigenous Knowledge center began 12 years ago when a group of Iroquois leaders, inspired by the late Cayuga Nation chief Jake Thomas, met at Colgate University and pledged to do what they could to insure the ancestral wisdom of this land’s first peoples would survive. Among those at the first conference was the late Mohawk Nation chief Jake Swamp, the founder of the Tree of Peace Society.
On February 19, 2011 a board of nine directors was selected among the 30 delegates to oversee the formation of the Institute. Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor welcomed the delegates to the school’s Center of Excellence, saying she was committed to working in partnership with the Institute to achieve its goals. Also greeting the group were Syracuse University Vice-Chancellor Eric Spina and New York Senator David Valesky, both of whom expressed their strong support for the Institute
Six committees were formed to develop a unique curriculum based upon the traditional teachings of Haudenosaune (Iroquois) and other native nations. Delegates came from throughout the country to attend the three-day session hosted by Ed Bogucz, Director, of COE and Bea Gonzalez, Dean of University College at Syracuse University.
JOANNE SHENANDOAH, PhD, is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She is one of Americas most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. A Grammy Award winner with over 40 music awards (13 Native American Music awards), she has captured the hearts and souls of audiences all over the world from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, and has been praised for her work of peace and hope.
Shenandoah is a board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge. She has performed at prestigious events such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, three Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, The NMAI, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions (Africa, Spain and Australia), and Woodstock 94.
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