Daily Archives: August 13, 2013

No No Keshagesh -Buffy Sainte Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an amazing talent. She is a singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, writer, educator and social activist. She is one of the most influential Aboriginal figures in recent times. She is an intensely creative woman. She started her career in 1962 and is still going strong. Her songs have been covered by Donovan, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Chet Atkins, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, Joe Cocker, Cher, Bobby Darin, Tracy Chapman, Neko Case, Gram Parsons, Neil Diamond and Courtney Love among many others. She has two degrees (including a PhD in Fine Art), she has won an Oscar, she was a regular on Sesame Street for five years, she has received two medals from Queen Elizabeth and she founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. And this only skims the surface of her remarkable achievements.

This is documentary traces Buffy’s fascinating path from her birth on a Cree reservation in Saskatchewan to her early success in the Greenwich Village folk scene, her subsequent musical and political activism, which earned her a spot on the government’s blacklist, and to her current role as artist, educator, unstinting activist and timeless musician. It includes interviews with Robbie Robertson, Joni Mitchell, Taj Mahal and Bill Cosby. It was released with her fifteenth album, the excellent RUNNING FOR THE DRUM. This wonderful documentary is directed by Joan Prowse.



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