SHANNON THUNDERBIRD &
(WEST WIND & THE WOODLAND SISTER)
Shannon Thunderbird is a Coast Tsimshian First Nations artist/educator, playwright, recording artist, and author. Her dedication to her First Nations culture and her artistic craft creates an extraordinary combination of vibrant storytelling, vocals and insightful perspectives on First Nations cultures.
is a founding member, singer/songwriter, recording artist and musician of the 1980s
Juno-nominated iconic Canadian new-wave synthpop sensation, the
SHANNON THUNDERBIRD, M.A.
I am proudly descended
from the Originals,
the Coast Tsimshian People:
Gilut'sau Band of the Royal
House of Niis'gumiik, I am
Clan, and descended from a powerful line
of princess/matriarchs, storytellers, spirit doctors, singers, actors, musicians and
The Lax Kw'al'aamsAboriginal people inhabit part of the Land of the Totems, Lakelse Lake (Lax Gyels), Lakelse River, and territorial camps in Lax kw'alaams (Port Simpson) and near the Tsimshian Peninsula close to Metlakatla, Northern B.C. The Coast Tsimshian Indigenous People are members of the "original six" tribes responsible for carving totem poles.
SINGER-SONGWRITER, FABULOUS BASS PLAYER
"Songs and Music of First Nations peoples sung and written by one of the pre-eminent voices of First Nations culture and spirituality." (San Diego Press)
Our original music blends ancient Indigenous rhythms with an eclectic mix of jazz, rap, folk, gospel, pop and 'sorta' classical sensibilities. I inherited "the voice" from my mother, Tsimshian Elder, Gandoox. I have sung light opera, musicals, blues, and, in pop bands and my "virtuoso style" as someone once commented, "makes her one of the most compelling performers in contemporary First Nations music."Sandy is of the soft pop genre, but she can hit the high notes when encouraged to do so. Between the two of us, we create captivating music, and because we are both 'real' singers, we sound just like our records when we are singing live! What a concept!
"Drawing on her Pacific Northwest Coast Tsimshian roots, her mesmerizing emotional impact on audiences arises from her three and a half octave vocal range, storytelling ability, and deep involvement with First Nations issues. Her drumming, original music and lyrics, stirring repertoire, presentation, and luscious voice make her one of the most in-demand performing artists on the current scene. " (King Weekly)
We are on the road working globally at Conferences, Conventions, Theatres, Festivals, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities.
CDs & Books for sale wherever we are performing
STORYTELLERS, SINGERS-SONGWRITERS-RECORDING ARTISTS
Shannon & Sandy educate audiences about First Nations Culture, History and Spirituality through their much in demand singing and storytelling skills.
Drawing on ancient and contemporary Indigenous tales, original musings, wisdom from many Native Nations, our national/international programs are imaginative and compelling and take audiences on incredible journeys of discovery about Turtle Island's First People. We touch the spirit, honour the Ancestors, feed the funny bone, inspire the soul.
Shannon: My presentations tell the "real" story from a Native perspective.
I've been singing professionally since five years of age (that is as far as I go in terms of age!). Sandy since she was a teenager. Along with my extensive experience in the Arts, university education (it really helps to be a researcher), teaching skills and insatiable curiosity, I've been blessed with a unique combination of talents that underlie the presentation of sometimes difficult subject matter in an educational, compassionate and entertaining fashion to audiences of all ages. All this is further enhanced because of what Sandy brings to the collaboration.
Sing with Mother Earth, Fly with Raven
Incorporating the dynamics of live theatre borne from the great Feast ceremonies of the Northwest coast, (we call them Yaawk not potlatch) drums and music, we have a great time telling fantastic tales about the secular and supernatural worlds that both educate and uplift the audience. We offer universal messages about the inter-connectedness and endless possibilities that such connections make to the living world.
We also tell stories about real people from all over Turtle Island, (Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, In-Who-Lise, Black Shawl, Chief Dan George, Legeex, the Brant Family, Tecumseh.....). We use musical and narrative forms as entertaining ways to tell about their lives, loves, and lore both before and after European contact.
Wilwilaaysk, All My Relations.
SPEAKER AND EDUCATOR
I've been guest lecturing at Universities and Community Colleges for many years. Helping to open the minds of the young to the power and importance of Canada's First People. Lectures range from, "The Seven Steps to the Colonization of Canada's First Nations People" to "The Art and Magic of Indigenous Storytelling", to "Women and Leadership".
"Shannon, I would
like to thank you for an outstanding luncheon keynote presentation at
the Human Resources Conference:
Connect, Collaborate, Build Human Capacity.
the hearts and minds of our attending delegates and opened them to
embracing change and connectedness on a meaningful level....Your
presentation, "Soul Speak and the True Self" was extremely
well-received. [It] made a shift in people's perspectives and helped
them to see and feel the need to build connections on a personal level
to truly engage in a collaborative Community."
"Shannon Thunderbird's ability to reach people from all walks of life with her 'soul speak' messages is truly amazing." (A. Michaels, Engineer)
WE WERE VERY PROUD TO REPRESENT
CANADA AT EXPO 2005
Three shows/day, 100 degree heat in regalia! We are professionals, do not try this at home! We had a fabulous time.
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