By Kevin Ransom
She also contributed a song to the upcoming CD, “Prayer Cycle—Path To Zero,” and has been writing songs for a new album that she says will be more of a “crossover” effort, in that the music and the themes will not be primarily Native American.
“They’re songs of love, and of pain, and peace,” says Shenandoah by phone from her home on Oneida, in central New York state. “I really do feel I have been put on earth to spread peace and hope and love, and I have to ask for the songs to flow through me. With me, I feel it is very directed. I often ask for divine intervention when I want to write these kinds of songs.”
“Many Native Americans do feel conflicted about the national anthem, but this is still our land, too—it’s a land that now belongs to all of us, both Natives and non-Natives,” explains Shenandoah. “So, the song, the way I do it on the record, really is a tribute, to honor to those Native American people who fought in our wars and gave their lives for our country. We buried our ancestors here, just like our (non-Native) neighbors did.”