Spirit Of Thunderheart

Spirit of Thunderheart at Festival For Change
Spirit of Thunderheart

Spirit of Thunderheart came together from Four Directions of the Hudson Valley, New York, they started off sharing the drums heart beat along with their voices to spread their passion of native music. They all had come from other musical backgrounds and drum groups before.

We believe our mission is to share the prayers of the drum with song and dance. We come together to educate the importance of caring for each other with a good mind and strong cultural values. Through Story Telling we teach the understanding of our Oral and symbolic corrective history. Spirit of Thunderheart believes in teaching the importance of respecting, and caring for our Environment.

Mission Statement

Share the prayers of the drum with song and dance. We come together to educate the importance of caring for each other, with a good mind and strong Cultural values. Through Story Telling we teach the understanding of our Oral and symbolic corrective history. Thunderheart's Spirit believes in teaching the importance of respecting and caring for our Environment, for the next seven generations.

As our Ancestors battled the coming of the Europeans we had our culture running strong in our language, stories, songs, planting, Hunting, and our beliefs. Turtle Island was alive with no harm to her, our air or water. We taught our children to give thanks and respect all living on Turtle Island so that the next Seven Generations will have a clean and balanced Turtle Island.

 

Our Elders talked long ago how the women drummed when the men were at war and for the ones left behind in the village could dance to a drum for ceremony. The coming of the Europeans changed that. Since our men had become the constant drummers for other men, women and children. A time came of a great prophecy that would change the rights of our women once again. When the Tops of our Maple trees die, us women will take back the drum. This is who we are this is our story. Spirit of Thunderheart.

Launching Spirit of Thunderheart all women drum group in New York State in 2012 they did a concert for the first time. Lead Donna Coane inviting an all males drum group. At the closing of the concert the men invited the women to sit under the arbor alongside of the men and their drums. From there Spirit of Thunderheart went on to performing at Pow Wows.

Spirit of Thunderheart opened the Girl Scouts 100th year Celebration in New Paltz, Ulster County New York in 2012 This historic event was documented by designated videographer Pamela Timmins for Pamorama Productions.

Spirit of Thunderheart was invited for their first televised performance on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in New York City by Pamela Timmins, MNN Producer of program, Honoring Women’s History Month, 2013.  The filmmaker Pamela Timmins and MNN Talk Show host, Josh Wolinsky, recorded this program at The George Stoney Studio, with state of the art HD.  "The live performance of the Mohawk Welcome Song along with our jovial interview about the nature of the traditional songs with Donna Coane and the women in the drum group was breakthrough for our audience and it was on the world wide web with livestream, www.mnn.org", Josh Wolinsky.

The group then went on to performing at the Clearwater open boats in Hudson Valley NY, and doing venues in New York, NYC and New Jersey.

Pamela Timmins announced, "Spirit of Thunderheart is performing in Greenwich Village that night At the Pete Seeger Singer Song Circle with their traditional drum songs from their CD Rising."

Spirit of Thunderheart drum circle at Festival for Change
Spirit of Thunderheart

Spirit of Thunderheart have collaborated with Pamela Timmins, Producer/Director of Pamorama Productions and Manhattan Neighborhood Network Talk Show Host Josh Wolinsky with livestream interviews, Firebird Graywolf Film Maker, Northeast Native American News, Media and Magazine, Clearwater Hudson Valley, Beacon Sloop Club NY, Sacred Earth of Hudson Valley NY, Indigenous Radio,WBAI/FM 95.5, One World Radio and Voices of Womenworldwide-TV, John Flowers Radio Show, Ubaka Hill Million Women Drummer’s for Tree’s and Drum’s Bon-Odori Japanese Dance Festival/free nuclear power. 

Spirit of Thunderheart open up the Maritime Museum Cinema Sunday, Blue Stone Festival and Multicultural Block Party, Kingston New York. 

In May 2013 Spirit of Thunderheart met and signed on with CEO Donald Blackfox of Spirit Wind Records.  Spirit of Thunderheart went on recording their first CD “Rising” at John Guth Studios, which was produced by CEO Donald Blackfox, Spirit Wind Records.

Since then, Spirit of Thunderheart received the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Silver Arrow Awards from Donald Blackfox CEO, Spirit Wind Records for Outstanding Contributions to the Native American Music Industry.

Women’s History Month 2014 and 2015 and 2016 Spirit of Thunderheart was invited to open the United Nations International Women's Day celebration by the NGO, Esacnyc in New York City. In addition, New Paltz Earth Day, Fran Capo Actress/Comedian/Author Private Birthday Party. Vassar College Radio.

Donna Coane is a member of the Schaghticoke First Nations and Lead of Spirit of Thunderheart with four other women drummers, Brenda Martin, Debbie Fichtner, Wynona Decker and Mary Griffin. Spirit of Thunderheart have won a Native American Music Award for their CD Rising in the category Best Traditional Recording. They are the first women’s drum group to ever win a Native American Music Award!  Spirit of Thunderheart led the people's votes which was an amazing accomplishment for the Native American women’s drum group. Donna is the Lead drummer of Spirit of Thunderheart.

Spirit of Thunderheart recorded their 2nd CD, Unity, at John Guth Studios, produced by Donald Blackfox, Spirit Wind Records.  It is dedicated in the memory of Dakota Unity Rider, Gus High Eagle.

  • 2015, Spirit of Thunderheart has contributed a track, The Children's Song on Spirit Wind Records charity CD “Stop the Hurt“, for Prevention against Child Abuse in Memory of Scotty.
  • 2015, Spirit of Thunderheart is on the top first 100 groups on the One World Radio station.
  • 2016 Spirit of Thunderheart was nominated by One World Radio Station for Their Cd “Unity”.
  • Spirit of Thunderheart has planned a third Cd “Traditions”.
  • 2016 Spirit of Thunderheart has been nominated for their cd “Unity” in the category Duo or Group of the Year.

From here our story does not end we are always told we learn until we meet our Creator. We are always moving forward. Our language is a very important to us and our children for the next seven Generations to come. We strive to keep our language alive as to keep our culture alive and strong. Our language is in our everyday life, ceremonies, our stories of long ago, and songs. We are humble to say we are proud of our Schaghticoke, Mohawk, Mohegan, Chippewa, Cree, Metis, Blackfoot, and Cherokee heritage.

Our drumming and songs are our prayers for our Creator, Turtle Island and all who inhabits her. We drum for healing of our Earth all what needs healing, teaching the importance of what we have to share is our goal not just for us our Indigenous first people, but for all whom we share this great land with.

We are Proud to be Native.

We are proud of our heritage.

Spirit of Thunderheart running strong for the next Seven generations.

  • Donna Coane
  • Ohstonha Ohskennonton
  • Brenda Marlin
  • Kahswa'tha
  • Debbie Fitchner
  • Kah'enta Otsitsya
  • Wynona Decker
  • Yo'nikonhroni Karo'nya Onahsera
  • Mary Griffin
  • Tewakenonnyahkwenh Oshsita

Donna Coane is a member of the Schaghticoke First Nations and Lead of Spirit of Thunderheart with four other women drummers, Brenda Martin, Debbie Fichtner, Wynona Decker and Mary Griffin. Spirit of Thunderheart have won a Native American Music Award for their CD Rising in the category Best Traditional Recording. They are the first women’s drum group to ever win a Native American Music Award!  Spirit of Thunderheart led the people's votes which was an amazing accomplishment for the Native American women’s drum group. Donna is the lead drummer for the group.