Matriarch: Iroquois Women's Songs

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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Joanne Shenandoah's voice is silvery smooth, golden rich, and milky warm. According to Shenandoah, woman of the Iroquois served as spiritual advisors, political counselors, and healers -- placed in positions to temper the aggressive nature of the males. Matriarch is dedicated to members of Shenandoah's clan -- sisters, aunts, grandmothers -- and other key women of the Oneida. Her native language is strong on long vowels, smoother even than Hawaiian; the album is as soothing as a lullaby yet brisk with breathtaking vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. Tom Wasinger's instrumentals on autoharp, resonating stones, bass, guitars, pianolin, and percussion cradle the lyrics as do ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Joanne Shenandoah's voice is silvery smooth, golden rich, and milky warm. According to Shenandoah, woman of the Iroquois served as spiritual advisors, political counselors, and healers -- placed in positions to temper the aggressive nature of the males. Matriarch is dedicated to members of Shenandoah's clan -- sisters, aunts, grandmothers -- and other key women of the Oneida. Her native language is strong on long vowels, smoother even than Hawaiian; the album is as soothing as a lullaby yet brisk with breathtaking vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. Tom Wasinger's instrumentals on autoharp, resonating stones, bass, guitars, pianolin, and percussion cradle the lyrics as do the environmental sounds from grottoes and caverns. If you need to feel protected, nurtured, welcomed, prayed for, creative, and blessed, play this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Silver Wave
  • UPC: 021585091320
  • Catalog Number: 913
  • Sales rank: 4,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kahawi'tha (2:10)
  2. 2 Kanekotsy^: Tha? (3:40)
  3. 3 Yakolihuny^Hi (3:44)
  4. 4 Katsitsy^Tha? (3:18)
  5. 5 Tekanatsyaslitha (4:00)
  6. 6 Tsyakow^Niyo (4:16)
  7. 7 Kaluhyanu: Wes (3:25)
  8. 8 Katsitsi?: Yos (3:47)
  9. 9 Tekalihwa Kwha (4:19)
  10. 10 Kalunyaha: Wi (3:28)
  11. 11 Taw^: Tene? (3:31)
  12. 12 Kahlu'nyuhe? (3:37)
  13. 13 K^Nikast?Sla (1:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joanne Shenandoah Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Flute, Vocals, Dancer
Tom Wasinger Guitar, Percussion, Autoharp, Pianolin, Tremolo, Resonating Stones
Mark McCoin Percussion, Hand Drums, Resonating Stones
Technical Credits
Joanne Shenandoah Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Tom Wasinger Producer, Liner Notes, Bass Programming
Valerie Sanford Cover Design
Doug George Kanentiio Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothing to the soul

    I have not heard such a soothing voice in a long time. She sings with such feeling and softness. Calming to my mind and to my spirit...

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    Posted December 24, 2008

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