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Native American Singer/Songwriter Darryl Tonemah Performs at Clarkson University Friday

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Native American Singer/Songwriter Darryl Tonemah (TOW-ne-ma) will perform this Friday, November 5, at 7 p.m. in Clarkson’s Downtown Sara M. Snell Auditorium.

The performance is free and open to the public.

An accomplished musician and entertainer, Tonemah, who is Kiowa/Comanche and Tuscarora, is a singer/songwriter in the purist sense. He combines the energy of rock, the intelligence of folk and the heart of country, to create a musical niche he calls "Native Americana."

Tonemah is also internationally known as an agent of change for health and wellness. He currently works with the National Institutes of Health on diabetes prevention and lifestyle change research among Indian populations. He also works with Native groups across the United States and Canada promoting health and wellness.Tonemah

Tonemah has recorded five award-winning and critically acclaimed CDs. His most recent, "Ink Blots and Random Thoughts," was nominated for a Native American Music Award, and an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Award. Tonemah has also appeared in two movies.

He is a partner in Native Health Group, promoting health education and wellness worldwide, and was the behavioral scientist for the southwest sites of the National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program. He has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 20 years.

Tonemah has traveled the world promoting healthy behavior change as it relates to individuals as well as community wellness. He has conducted over 750 trainings and keynotes from grass roots communities to universities and Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken alongside top international speakers and researchers, including Bob Green from the Oprah Winfrey show. His use of humor and storytelling to connect with the audience has won him international accolades.

He is currently writing two books -- one on health behavior change, and the other the first of a trilogy of novels. He has also been approached about writing and scoring a screenplay, and will be pursuing those goals.

Tonemah has B.S. degrees in sociology, psychology and gerontology; an M.Ed. in community counseling; and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and cultural studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The concert is sponsored by SPECTRUM and the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.

Tonemah will also kick off the World in Potsdam Diversity Festival at noon on Saturday.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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