Joanne Shenandoah: Sixties musician and activist dies

Image copyright AFP Image caption Joanne Shenandoah, who played the role of “Lompoc Am-Bala” in Scooby-Doo, died on Monday

Joanne Shenandoah, a Native American musician and activist, has died in the US at the age of 64.

She founded her own Native American drum group The Earth Band and her music received several accolades.

Her husband John Hockaday said the musician had died at their home in Denver.

J.D. Manning, of the American Indian Movement, described her as a “hero” for inspiring the world to “move past the myths of race”.

Mr Hockaday said: “She got moved out of India when she was a young girl… she wanted to become an activist and help Indian people.

“She [was] very passionate, always had this fighting spirit, had this determination that she would not go without achieving things.”

Ms Shenandoah won two Emmy awards for her work on Davey Morgan’s Indian Summer in 1984.

She later became part of the so-called Sixties Gangster artists, including the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

She received a Grammy in 1991.

An on-and-off partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, she was also part of the rock group Sukiyaki, from 1963 to 1966.

Ms Shenandoah contributed to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street in 1969, along with George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

In 1973, she toured the US to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the forced removal of American Indians from their traditional lands.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 by then-President George W Bush.

Her studio album Cold Dark Light is to be released on 9 July and can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

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