This week’s edition of Turntable Tuesday is brought to you by the letter B…. for BUFFY.
Not that Buffy… but please enjoy this video clip from “Once More With Feeling”, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode which is entirely irrelevant but…
Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC. Canadian singer-songwriter, artist, philanthropist & activist. (and Sesame Street alumni circa the 1970’s… Youtube it)
Born in 1941 on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Applelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie was adopted and grew up in the US. By her early twenties, she was touring and performing all over North America and Europe, frequenting the coffeehouses of Toronto and NYC’s Greenwich Village.
Sainte-Marie rarely gets the same recognition as other Canadian artists she shared the stage with during that 60’s folk-scene (Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell) but she was a HUGE part of that movement. A champion for Indigenous rights, education and culture, her music has been the subject of ongoing controversy and censorship. Sainte-Marie’s music, and political activism, is just as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
Recently Sainte-Marie stopped by CBC for an interview with Shad, which is definitely worth a listen:
I dedicate this blog to a fearless truth-teller, feminist icon, unrelenting force, staple of Canadian music and a voice we should all be listening to.
You can enjoy Sainte-Marie’s music here:
Thanks for tuning in!