Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D,, (Oneida) is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. She is a Grammy Award winner, with over 40 music awards (including a record 13 Native American Music awards). She has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, with praise for her work to promote universal peace. She is a board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge: www.hiawatha.syr.edu.
Shenandoah recently performed at “One World”, a concert for peace with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as at the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint, at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. Joanne and her daughter Leah recorded on the title track “Path to Zero” with Jim Morrison which also included artists Sting/Bono, Sinead O’Conner, Robert Downey Jr., and others. Shenandoah has performed at prestigious venues such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, The NMAI-Smithsonian, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, and the Toronto Skydome. For more information, visit: www.joanneshenandoah.com.
Douglas George – Kanentiio (Akwesasne Mohawk) is a lecturer, renowned author and award winning journalist. He is nationally recognized as a primary source of information about Iroquois politics and culture. His expertise has been relied upon and sought after by historians, film producers as well as television documentary directors.
He is a columnist for News From Indian Country and Indian Time publications. Kanetiio’s writings have also been printed in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Toronto Star and the London Free Press. Kanentiio served as editor of Akwesasne Notes, a bimonthly international journal about indigenous people worldwide, for six years. He is the recipient of the "Wassaja Award" for his contributions to journalism, the highest honor bestowed by the Native American Journalists Association, and was also featured in Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) Magazine.
Kanentiio is the author of the books Skywoman, Iroquois on Fire and Iroquois Culture and Commentary as well as a contributor to the texts Treaty of Canandaigua, A Seat at the Table and Sovereignty, Colonialism and the Indigenous Nations. For more information, visit: www.heyehhwatha.com
He also served as a technical and historical consultant for the films Haiwatha’s Story by Think Film Inc. and The Discovery Channel, the IMAX film Man Who Would Be King, as well as for the television series called How the West Was Lost.
Deborah Koenigsberger worked extensively as a stylist in the fashion industry before opening Noir et Blanc, a women's clothing boutique in Manhattan featuring fashion-forward yet classic European collections. Deborah and her boutique have appeared on NBC News and in The New York Times, CNN, The New York Post, Time Out New York, Glamour, WWD, Modern Style, The Amsterdam News, Carib News and ABC’s talk show “Here and Now”.
In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Deborah has raised more than $2.5 million for New York City’s homeless mothers and children. Deb founded the non-profit organization Hearts of Gold in 1996 as a responsible way for her business to give back to the community. Hearts of Gold’s mission is to help the women and children at four city shelters by supporting them while they are in the shelter system as well as once they move into their own homes and are on their own. Over the past 19 years, Hearts of Gold has helped thousands of homeless families by providing everything from diapers, winter coats, and summer camps for the children; to mammograms, career counseling and landlord negotiations for the mothers.
Deb was nominated by Soledad O’Brien as her hero for Glamour Magazine’s June 2006 Hero Issue. She went on to receive special recognition for her work with Hearts of Gold, when Glamour magazine and sponsor Kwiat Diamonds presented her with a diamond ring in honor of her extraordinary work.
Deborah lives in Manhattan with her husband Thilo and sons Florian (20) and Stephan (18).
For more information, visit: www.heartsofgold.org