Northern alum Dr. Darryl Tonemah returns to Aberdeen for performance

Tonemah at NSU

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Acclaimed singer, songwriter, psychologist, author and actor Dr. Darryl Tonemah returns to Northern State University for a special performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Tonemah’s “Story and Song Concert,” sponsored by the NSU Native American Student Association, will commemorate Native American Month. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Krikac Auditorium.

A 1989 Northern graduate, Tonemah is a former NSU homecoming marshal and also an Aberdeen Central Hall of Fame inductee. He has spoken on campus in the past, including delivering Northern’s spring commencement address in 2014.

As a performer, Tonemah has released 10 CDs. He has been nominated for and won many awards for his music. He has performed at colleges, clubs, festivals and performing arts centers all over the country. Presently, he is nominated for Native American Artist of the Year and Record of the Year for the Native American Music Awards.

As an actor, Tonemah has appeared in movies, television shows and Broadway productions. As an author, he has written a renowned book, “Spray Your Swamp Cooler.”

In addition to all of this, Tonemah, whose Ph.D. is in counseling psychology and cultural studies, sits on numerous state and national boards promoting education, health and wellness among the Native population.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.