Joanne Shenandoah to perform, share insights at Westcott Community Center

Joanne Shenandoah to perform, share insights at Westcott Community Center

Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 8:30 AM     Updated: Tuesday, February 07, 2012, 8:33 AM

Joanne Shenandoah says she’s thrilled to be singing important songs from her newest album at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse.

Yes, she’ll love to be there, says the member of the Iroquois Confederacy’s Wolf Clan. “

‘Lifegivers’ for Valentine’s Day,” she says.

That’s the title of her album that is inspired by music from different cultures, a tribute to the life cycles of women all over the world.

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She’ll be joined on stage by her sister, Diane, and her daughter, Leah. The Grammy Award winner who lives in Oneida Castle will have important stories to work in with her music.

The day before Christmas and on Christmas Day, Shenandoah performed in Palestine as part of Project Peace on Earth, which put on a series of world sacred music concerts.

“It was the first one in Manger Square,” she says. “It was fantastic. Awesome. Eye-opening. What I liked best was to realize we have such a great gift of freedom in this country, to go where we want to go, say what we want to say, sing what we want to sing,” Shenandoah says.

“I met so many people thirsty for messages of peace.” Shenandoah says she’ll never forget the couple she met who told her how they risked a big fine to take the trip from Israel to Jerusalem to hear her sing at a performing arts center.

“Knowing that one of the prophets of peace had been there before us, to visit the birthplace of Jesus Christ, it was a real blessing,” Shenandoah says.

Shenandoah says she’ll also talk about people she’s met while working with Syracuse University’s Hiawatha Institute.

“We are moving forward and very excited about our effort to bringing knowledge of indigenous people to the world,” she says.

Tickets for the Folkus Project show are $15 for the general public, $12 for members of the Westcott Community Center.

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