Grammy Award Winning Artist, Lecturer, Educator, Ambassador of Peace
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…
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.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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Health and Spirituality
Vibration of Music & Water
The Iroquois have always used song in every aspect of life, from bringing new babies into the world, celebrating life, earth, animals, plants, medicines and all earth elements between earth and sky to releasing the spirit. This is the most popular workshop as it incorporates the influence of our “Song” or voice, as we offer our intentions of healing to those who surround us. Words, vibration, tonation and songs affect every living being on earth, with our children being extremely suspetible through the years of formation. Every image, song, word, touch and smell have a vibrant or damaging effect on us as human beings. In this workshop one will understand the influence of vibration to the water which is in the earth and inside our bodies as we move about the planet and our responsibility to mother earth to leave her better than we found her.
The Iroquois created a society unique in its approach to women’s rights. From ownership of all real property to the distribution of wealth Iroquois women held the key economic power among the Six Nations. They also had the exclusive right to nominate all leadership and to impeach the same. They enjoyed universal suffrage at a time when most womne in the world were considered chattel. The influence of the Iroquois on the women’s suffrage movement int he 19th century was profound. The lecture will explain the historical role of women in Iroquois society and their modern status.
Rituals of Life and Death
The lecture will explain this most fundamental of human experiences. The lecturers will explain the origins of human beings on this earth, the reasons for our being, our duties and freedoms and the events which mark our demise. The Iroquois possess a very precise set of teachings regarding birth and death, both of which are attended by specific rituals. The human spirit endures beyond the passing of the physical body and has a set direction. Once informed as to this journey the pain and doubt regarding death are relieved.
Creator’s Gifts – Our Children
The Iroquois hold that every human being is a remarkable gift of live, experience and creativity from the spiritual world. All children are to be greeted with happiness and collective ritual. Each being has specific abilities and talents which must be nurtured by the extended family. Communal stability and peace is realized when children are free to explore the world and apply their talents without coercion or qualification. How the Iroquois realized this will be explained. Traditional story of the 7 Dancers.
Music as Healing
The Iroquois mark the passing of time and the human experience through music. All communal rituals involve some degree of singing and dancing in which everyone is involved. Music is performed at birth, at the time of naming, the change in life from child to adult, at various healing events, during social gatherings and to mark the passing into the spirit world. Songs are also done for other beings and living entities: corn songs, bean songs, songs for the stars, sun and moon. The lecture will explain the use of music by the Iroquois in the quest for spiritual, ecological and social harmony.
Hiawatha: His Story
Hiawatha was a living man who assisted the Peacemaker in the formation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the world’s oldest united nations. Established over 800 years ago the Confederacy is composed of a number of nations, each of with agreed to cede specific powers to a collective governing entity which in turn regulated trade and formal relations with other entities. Hiawatha’s personal story is central to understanding the Iroquois and how the Confederacy was created in a time of war.
The Great Law of Peace
The Great Law is a series of rules and regulations, a moral code and a spiritual guide created by the Peacemaker centuries before formal contact with the Europeans. The Great Law defines the duties and freedoms of the Iroquois people, provides for a set of national leaders, qualifies the powers of national governments and defines the role of the Iroquois in the world. It is a constitution which was first written down in the 19th century but its principles have affected philosophers and leaders from Ben Franklin to Karl Marx. The lecture will explain the origins of the Great Law, its current usages and how it has influenced the world.
Living for the Seventh Generation and Beyond
The key to survival will be the ability to live within sustainable societies which secure balance between basic human resource needs and the rights of other species. The Iroquois have a constitutional obligation to do nothing which qualifies the rights of the unborn to clean water, fertile land and a clear skies. To achieve this, the Iroquois incorporate the rights of other from the earth to insects, animals, plants and trees-all have legal standing which must be respected. The lecture will explain the Seventh Generation directive and how it can be made to work locally.
Since 1986 Dr. Shenandoah has been professionally providing traditional healing to the world through the gift of music. It is through this medium, which has brought her international recognition and awareness as a peace advocate throughout her career as well as a guardian and mentor for her audiences from new borns through death and life cycles on mother earth. Shenandoah illustrates he affect on the vibration of words, music and change for individuals, and community healthcare works as well as victims of violence whether they be children, adults or elders. In a world filled with violence, the wisdom of elders can be carried to those yet unborn and provide a safer and healthier environment to all.
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