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Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is an Academy Award-winning Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. Buffy Sainte-Marie, by Barbara Woodley, ca. ... Buffy Sainte-Marie, by Barbara Woodley, ca. ... February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... First Nations is a term of ethnicity used in Canada. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Many times, the term art is used to refer to the visual arts. ... Social activists are people who act as the conscience and voice of many individuals within a society. ...

She was born on the Piapot Cree reserve in the Qu'Appelle valley, Saskatchewan. She was later adopted and grew up in Maine and Massachusetts. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts and also holds degrees in both Oriental Philosophy and teaching. The Cree are an indigenous people of North America whose people range from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean in both Canada and the United States. ... In Canada, an Indian reserve is specified by the Indian Act as a tract of land, the legal title to which is vested in Her Majesty, that has been set apart by Her Majesty for the use and benefit of a band. ... The QuAppelle River is a river which flows 430 km east from Lake Diefenbaker in southwestern Saskatchewan to join the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: From many peoples, strength) Official languages English Flower Western Red Lily Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 7th 651,036 km² 591... Official language(s) None Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 39th 33,414 sq mi  86,542 km² 190 miles  305 km 320 miles  515 km 13. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... This page is about the university system across Massachusetts. ...


Early Career

By 1962, having graduated, Buffy began to tour alone, developing her craft and performing in various concert halls, folk festivals and Native reservations across the U.S, Canada and abroad. She spent a considerable amount of time in the coffeehouses of downtown Toronto's old Yorkville district, and New York City's Greenwich Village as part of the early to mid- 60's folk scene, often alongside other emerging Canadian contemporaries Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. Yorkville may refer to more than one place: in Canada: Yorkville, a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario in the United States of America: Yorkville, Illinois Yorkville, New York (two places): Yorkville, Manhattan, a neighborhood in New York City. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 10s - 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 Note: Sometimes the 60s is used as shorthand for the 1960s, the 1860s, or other such decades in various centuries... Folk can refer to a number of different things: It can be short for folk music, or, for folksong, or, for folklore; it may be a word for a specific people, tribe, or nation, especially one of the Germanic peoples; it might even be a calque on the related German... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada), is a musician and painter. ... Neil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young (born November 12, 1945) is a singer/songwriter, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work is characterized by deeply personal lyrics, distinctive guitar work, and an almost instantly recognizable nasal tenor voice. ...

She quickly earned a reputation as a gifted songwriter, and many of her earliest songs were turned into hits by other artists including Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Sonny and Cher, Chet Atkins, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin and Neil Diamond, among others. Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Sonny and Cher were an American rock and roll duo, made up of husband and wife team Sonny Bono and Cher in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Roberta Flack Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an American singer. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ... Essential Neil Diamond album cover. ...

Her debut album, It's My Way, was released on Vanguard Records in 1964 and she was subsequently named Billboard Magazine's Best New Artist. This album also contained the critically acclaimed protest song "Universal Soldier" that later became a hit for Donovan. Vanguard Records was a record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... AĆ protest song is a song intended to protest perceived problems in society such as injustice, racial discrimination, war, globalization, inflation, social inequalities. ... The 1960s anti-war song Universal Soldier was performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie. ... Donovan Philips Leitch (usually known simply as Donovan) (born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician. ...

In 1967 she released the album Fire and Fleet and Candlelight which contained probably the definitive interpretation of the traditional song "Lyke Wake Dirge", and the hit "Now that the Buffalo's Gone", a protest over broken treaties with First nations people. Sainte-Marie's other well-known songs as a performer include "Mister Can't You See" (a Top 40 U.S. hit in 1972) and "He's An Indian Cowboy In The Rodeo." The Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional song that tells a Christian tale of the souls travel, and the hazards it faces, on its way from earth to Heaven. ...

She married musician Jack Nitzsche in 1969. Jack Nitzsche Jack Nitzsche (1937-2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ...

She appeared regularly on Sesame Street over a five year period from 1976 - 1981, with her son Dakota Starblanket Wolfchild. Sesame Street is an educational American childrens television series designed for preschoolers, and is recognized as a pioneer of the contemporary standard which combines education and entertainment in childrens television shows. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The song "Up Where We Belong" (which she co-wrote with Waylon Jennings and Jack Nitzsche) as performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film An Officer and A Gentleman, received the Academy Award for Best Song in 1982. Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and guitarist, born in Littlefield, Texas. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, May 20, 1944) is a rock/blues musician. ... Drawing of Jennifer Warnes on the cover of her 1982 collection The Best of Jennifer Warnes Jennifer Jean Warnes (born March 3, 1947 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter. ... An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the music industry. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1992, she appeared in the television movie The Broken Chain with Pierce Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival (photo by Rita Molnár) Pierce Brendan Brosnan (Honorary) OBE (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish film actor and producer. ...

Later Career

In 1992, after a 16 year recording hiatus, Buffy released the album Coincidence and Likely Stories. Recorded at home on her computer, the album contained the politically charged songs "The Big Ones Get Away" and "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee", both regarding the on-going plight of Native Americans. She followed up in 1996 with Up Where We Belong, an album in which she re-recorded a number of her greatest hits in more unplugged and acoustic versions, including "Universal Soldier". 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Universal Soldier (1992) DVD cover The 1992 science fiction film Universal Soldier directed by Roland Emmerich stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers. ...

A gifted digital artist, her creations have been displayed at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Emily Carr Gallery in Vancouver and the American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe. The Glenbow Museum is Western Canadas largest museum, with over 93,000 square feet (8,600 m²) of exhibition space in more than 20 galleries, showcasing a selection of the Glenbows collection of over a million objects. ... Motto: Heart of the new west Area: 712. ... The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is a public art gallery that been Involving People in the Visual Arts since 1912. ... Headline text Bold text/,?,/<<< Emily Carr Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer. ... Vancouver (pronounced ) is a Canadian city in the province of British Columbia. ... Santa Fe (Spanish for holy faith) or Santa Fé (Portuguese) is the name of a number of places in the world: United States of America: Santa Fe, the state capital of New Mexico Santa Fe, Florida Santa Fe, Missouri Santa Fe, Tennessee Santa Fe, Texas Rancho Santa Fe, California It...

In 2004, a track written and performed by her entitled "Lazarus" was sampled by Hip Hop producer Kanye West and performed by Cam'Ron and Jim Jones of The Diplomats. The track is called "Dead or Alive". 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ... Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music. ... Kanye Omari West is a Grammy Award-winning American producer/rapper (born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia). ... Cameron Giles, (born on February 4, 1976) better known as Camron or Killa Cam, is a multi-platinum selling rapper from Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Camron is the head of the musical group The Diplomats also known as Dipset. ... The Diplomats (also known as Dipset) are a Harlem, New York-based group who previously signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, but now are signed to their own label, Diplomats Records, which is under Koch Records. ...

She is an active member of the Baha'i Faith Known in India as the Lotus Temple, the Bahai House of Worship attracts an average of three and a half million visitors a year. ...

Awards and Honors

France named Buffy Sainte-Marie Best International Artist of 1993. That same year, she was selected by the United Nations to officially proclaim the International Year of Indigenous People. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... United Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Buffy was inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame for her life-long contribution to music in 1995 and won a Gemini Award in 1997 for the Canadian TV special Buffy Sainte-Marie: Up Where We Belong. This also marked the first time she had performed her famous song to a live audience. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame honors Canadian musicians for their lifetime achievements in music. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony in Canada. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in Canada in 1998, and was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada. The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a Canadian non-profit organization whose core focus is to provide scholarships for Aboriginal students. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means Desiring a better country. ...

In 1999, she was inducted and received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Canadas Walk of Fame (French: Allée des célébrités canadiennes) acknowledges the achievements, accomplishments, and successes of amazing Canadians. ...


  • It’s My Way, 1964
  • Many A Mile, 1965
  • Little Wheel Spin and Spin, 1966
  • Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, 1967
  • I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again, 1968
  • Illuminations, 1969
  • The Best Of Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1970
  • The Best Of Buffy Sainte-Marie Vol.2, 1971
  • She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina, 1971
  • Moonshot, 1972
  • Quiet Places, 1973
  • Native North American Chid: An Odyssey, 1974
  • Buffy, 1974
  • Changing Woman, 1975
  • Sweet America, 1976
  • Coincidence and Likely Stories, 1992
  • Up Where We Belong, 1996
  • The Best of the Vanguard Years, 2003
  • Live at Carnegie Hall, 2004

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