Peacemaker's Journey

Peacemaker's Journey

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by Joanne Shenandoah
     
 

Initially labeled a Native American Enya, singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah proves herself much more on PEACEMAKER'S JOURNEY. Seeing violence in Kosovo, schoolyard massacres here at home, and discord within her own native community over land rights, Shenandoah reflected upon a story from her Iroquois heritage. It relates of a time 800 years agoSee more details below

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Initially labeled a Native American Enya, singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah proves herself much more on PEACEMAKER'S JOURNEY. Seeing violence in Kosovo, schoolyard massacres here at home, and discord within her own native community over land rights, Shenandoah reflected upon a story from her Iroquois heritage. It relates of a time 800 years ago when strife and violence were ended when the tribes listened to the prophet Skennenrahowi, the peacemaker. Shenandoah, whose music has been used on the television shows "Northern Exposure" and "How the West Was Lost" and the film "The Indian in the Cupboard," turned to her native tongue to compose a song cycle illuminating the course of the prophet's life and decisions, from "The Peacemaker Is Born" through the work of peace ("Aiionwatha Forgives"), to "Planting the Tree of Peace" and "All the Earth Will See." Producer Tom Wasinger's multiculti arrangements (guitars, cittern, duduk, dulcimer, ocarina, and resonating stones are a few of the instruments employed) frame but never distract from Shenandoah's warm, engaging delivery -- the voice of a storyteller whose message transcends language.

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Could a modern composer top the classic Christmas carols? Joanne Shenandoah doesn't tackle the story of Jesus, but her PEACEMAKER'S JOURNEY accomplishes a similar musical mission within her own spiritual heritage. Here, the talented singer/composer sets to music the story of Skennenrahowi and Aiionwatha (Hiawatha), who brought together warring tribes to form a league of peace, the Iroquois Confederacy. Planted by this first "United Nations," the Great Tree of Peace grew roots extending around the earth. Any individual or nation desiring peace could follow them to the Great Tree itself. Shenandoah's music, sung in the lovely Oneida/Iroquois language, embodies the enduring aspirations of the story. Her songs, with luscious and evocative arrangements by Tom Wasinger, tell the entire saga, embarking with a sparkling lullaby for the birth of the Peacemaker Skennenrahowi, a happy and heart-driven "Message of Peace," and the comforting "Mother of Nations," featuring a lovely violin melody by Tim Morton. The story and the music get gritty and spine-tingling in "Tadodaho -- Snakes in his Hair," as an evil sorcerer tries to spoil the plan for peace. Aiionwatha, whose daughters were killed by the wizard, later tames him by combing the snakes out of his hair, an act that also allows Aiionwatha to learn forgiveness. The four final pieces describe the law of peace, tracing the roots, accepting peace and power (a soulful solo by cellist James Hoskins), and passing on the good message. Diane and Leah Shenandoah provide the sweet nectar of background harmonies on "Aiionwatha Forgives," one of many pieces that will melt your heart. What a spectacular gift Joanne Shenandoah has created for the Iroquois Nation, and one that we can all benefit from by opening.
All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Joanne Shenandoah is a woman of great strength and stature among her extended family -- the Oneida tribe of the Iroquois Nation. Peacemaker's Journey is based on the legend of Skennanrahowi, a man born of immaculate conception, who united the tribes of the Iroquois Nation into the first concept of the United Nations. The detailed liner notes relate the myth and the miracles within. Shenandoah and Tom Wasinger, her frequent co-producer and collaborator, have created this Native American treasure without the use of cedar flutes. The sound design incorporates traditional and exotic instruments to compliment Shenandoah's marvelous vocal textures. This is a special CD. It will appeal to fans of Little Wolf Band, Spirit Nation and Walela.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Silver Wave
UPC:
0021585092327
catalogNumber:
923
Rank:
141396

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