Buffy Sainte-Marie, CC (born Beverly Sainte-Marie, c. February 20, 1941) is an Indigenous Canadian–American singer-songwriter, musician, Oscar-winning composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her work has focused on issues facing Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her singing and writing repertoire also includes subjects of love, war, religion, and mysticism. She has won recognition, awards and honours for her music as well as her work in education and social activism. Among her most popular songs are “Universal Soldier“, “Cod’ine“, “Until It’s Time for You to Go“, “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone“, and her covers of Mickey Newbury‘s “Mister Can’t You See” and Joni Mitchell‘s “The Circle Game“. Her music has been recorded by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Cher, Donovan, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, and Glen Campbell.
In 1983, Sainte-Marie became the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar. Her song “Up Where We Belong“, co-written for the film An Officer and a Gentleman, won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 55th Academy Awards and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
In 1997, she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans.
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177,436 monthly listeners Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, Buffy Sainte-Marie has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry.
Documentary on Buffy Sainte-Marie
For the very first time, a television documentary chronicled the extraordinary life of world-renowned Native American entertainer Buffy Sainte-Marie. The one…
Buffy Sainte-Marie appeared on Sesame Street from 1975 to 1981 including breastfeeding her new son Cody.
Taken from “A Multimedia Life” in 2008, there are a few snippets that I haven’t seen anywhere else…
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Buffy Sainte-Marie live performance of Starwalker:
Buffy Sainte-Marie and her band perform a live version of Starwalker, off the album “Running for the Drum.”
Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq “You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind)“
The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, releases its second Polaris Collaboration Session featuring 2015 Polaris winn…