Grammy winning Iroquois artist Joanne Shenandoah is set to perform at Inuvik’s Igloo Church Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Shenandoah will perform in a trio with her daughter, Leah, and Thelma Cheechoo.
NACC executive director Marie Coderre said it is an honour to have Shenandoah perform in the North.
“It is a privilege to have her coming to small communities because normally this type of show is only able to be had in Yellowknife,” said Coderre. “We’re very thrilled to have her discover the different Indigenous cultures all around the territory.”
Shenandoah has received more than 40 music awards, including 14 Native American Music Awards, and has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Vatican.
Coderre said this tour will be Shenandoah’s first time in Canada’s far North.
“It is a big deal that she’s coming – she has played with Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, and other big music names in the States,” she said. “It is quite something that we are able to have her come perform in Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson and Fort Smith.”
Shenandoah’s music is a combination of traditional song, acoustic guitar and contemporary ballads that draw on her experiences as an Iroquois woman.
“It’s very beautiful, traditional music, she has got an incredible voice,” said Coderre. “It’s our priority to bring Indigenous voices on stage.
“I’m very excited to have an Indigenous performer from a different culture, from a different place on stage. There’s a difference in culture, but there is always so much in common. It’s also great that people from the North have a chance to discover her music, from another tradition, the Iroquois tradition.”
Shenandoah is the second Indigenous artist to perform in Inuvik this year through NACC – in March, Yirrmal Marika and Shane Howard of Australia put on a show.
Shenandoah’s performance is part of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s (NACC) 34th season.