Oneida-Iroquois RIT Graduate Has Many Talents

She’s an artist, a singer and a songwriter. Her work is currently on exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, New York, and she recently gifted her Native Haute Hood (shown in picture) to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

She is Leah Shenandoah, the daughter of Grammy Award-winner Joanne Shenandoah, and recent graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Leah learned jewelry making from her grandmother Maisie Shenandoah, an Oneida Nation Wolf Clan Mother, and was performing and recording when she was 5 years old. After graduating cum laude from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles she continued her education at RIT, graduating in May with a Master of Fine Arts degree in metal smithing and jewelry design.

“I thrive when creating from divine inspiration, combining a Native American aesthetic with contemporary design. My passion is intense for making art rooted in my aboriginal heritage, as an Oneida Iroquois Wolf Clan member,” reads her website. “I consider and incorporate the healing properties of color, materials and intent when creating. Color is something I have been passionate about my whole life and comes naturally to me.”

Leah is also featured on a recently released album by Jonathan Elias called Prayer Cycle: Path to Zero, with other artists including Jim Morrison, Robert Downey Jr., Sinead O’Connor, Sting, Bono and her mother.

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Oneida-Iroquois RIT Graduate Has Many Talents