Joanne Shenandoah: Matriarch CD
The first melodious notes from Joanne Shenandoah’s golden vocal chords will bring a sigh of relief to her many devoted fans. Matriarch is an album of traditional Haudenosaunee Iroquois chants and melodies and was recorded at ancient village sites on Iroquois land. Her multi-layered vocals, each dedicated to a different female family member, are subtly enhanced by drumbeats, resonating stones, autoharp, flute, guitar and sounds of nature. Liner notes give an excellent history of the important role women play in the Haudenosaunee culture as well as notes on each woman for which the songs were intended.