Buffy Sainte-Marie

Why is she/are they here?

I first became aware of Buffy Sainte-Marie when I heard her singing the theme song1Buffy wrote the song and sung it, although the credit does not appear on the recordings. of a little known Canadian program called Spirit Bay in the 1980s. I was immediately captivated by the sound of her voice and wanted to find out who she was.

FunFacts: Buffy Sainte-Marie was number 66 on the SuperSisters set of trading cards, along with Helen Reddy in 1979.

Active period:

1960s to present

 My favourites:

Universal Soldier, No No Keshagesh, Theme Song for Spirit Bay,  You Got To Run

Quotes:

By looking at the questions the kids are asking, we learn the scope of what needs to be done.

What can government do? They can listen to their own people. But I'll tell you what citizens can do, when we elect one of these people - whether we think it's a good guy or a bozo - you got to stay on the case. You don't vote and go home and give them the keys to the car, he'll drive you right off a cliff. You have to help people to stay honest.

Frequent collaborators:

Various - recently Tanya Tagaq

Song writing:

She writes her own songs and co-writes as well.

Other performance skills:

Plays guitar, mouthbow, piano, ukulele, autoharp, harmonica, percussion

Samples of lyrics:

And he's fighting for Canada,
he's fighting for France,
he's fighting for the USA,
and he's fighting for the Russians
and he's fighting for Japan,
and he thinks we'll put an end to war this way

Universal Soldier, 1963


These old men they make their dirty deals.
Go in the back room and see what they can steal.
Talk about your beautiful and spacious skies.
It's about uranium; it's about the water rights.
Put Mother Nature on a luncheon plate.
They cut her up and call it real estate.

No, No Keshagesh, 2008

How to listen to/purchase their stuff legally:

Buffy Sainte-Marie has her own merchandise store; a selection of her work can also be purchased through most major music outlets.

Other accomplishments:

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie has received 14 honorary doctorates from universities across the North American continent.
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie has multiple Juno awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie has been involved in a number of projects protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples in North America.

Gallery of moments: